Re: [Felvtalk] Trying to do the right thing for Avis who is FeLV+ w/nonregenerative anemia

2010-09-30 Thread Natalie
That's so wonderful, Kris - now you know that your dog is really open to
another animal buddy!
I'm sure you'll get great advice from othersI am also fairly new to this
group and have two very healthy FeLV+ adult male cats.  I just wanted to
tell you that I am currently socializing two 3-month old kittens, they are
extremely well-adjusted.  Our small dog, a Shnorky (Schnauzer/Yorky) and the
male kitten absolutely love each other.  They chase each other, roll around,
chewing one another, playing hide and seek, pouncing out from behind the
hiding places, etc...and the female doesn't mind any of that craziness,
either!  None of the adult cats mind our dog, they were here first.  But I
am seriously considering not finding a home for Tobey because Cookie and he
are such great friends! Natalie

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Sent: Thursday, September 30, 2010 1:40 PM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: [Felvtalk] Trying to do the right thing for Avis who is FeLV+
w/nonregenerative anemia

I am so grateful to find this group. Please help me with your  collective 
experience  wisdom on this horrible disease. 


I don't have many specifics about Avis' history, but I gather that he  was a

stray in bad shape when he was rescued, then bounced around  before settling
in 
a dorm room with a college student friend of my  daughter. Avis is currently

about 21 months old. 


In May, I agreed to keep him for the summer. The original plan was that  he 
would live in my good-sized, many-windowed basement safely separated  from
Max, 
my 9 year old border terrier who has never shared his home  with another
animal. 
Avis would return to his college student when  school started after labor
day. 


I absolutely did not expect the silly dog  cat to become best friends in a

week, playing together all over the house. Max wasn't the only one who
quickly 
became fond of Avis, so I offered to keep him through  the school year to
avoid 
cooping him up in a dorm room. 


Avis came to us with a diagnosis of Feline Herpes  a third eyelid
permanently 
raised about halfway on one eye. A few days ago, I took him  to a vet 
ophthalmologist for a minor procedure to improve his vision. A  complete
blood 
workup was done as prep to general anesthesia. It showed  anemia, 
nonregenerative. WBC, Neutrophils  LYM were also very low normal. 


The eye procedure was postponed. I rushed Avis to my vet for a FeLV/FIV
test. 
Positive for FeLV, which was heartbreaking, but not really a surprise. 


Avis feels just fine right now.  But because he already has blood
abnormalities 
there is obviously no way to predict how long he will continue to feel good.
My 
vet says she is willing to try any reasonable option to give  him a chance
at as 
much good quality life as possible. 


So I am now researching LTCI, Interferon, ImmunoRegulin,  Staph Protein A --

all  the treatments I'm sure have been thoroughly  discussed on this forum 
before. Any consensus about what is most safe   effective? Because there do
not 
seem to be any definitive clinical trials  or studies to go by. 


I will likely take care of Avis for the time he has left -- this is too
much 
for a busy, stressed out college student to handle.  Any  suggestions to
keep 
Avis as strong and comfortable and happy as possible  for as long as
possible 
will be very, very much appreciated. 


Thank you! 

Kris B. 



  
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Re: [Felvtalk] Trying to do the right thing for Avis who is FeLV+ w/nonregenerative anemia

2010-09-30 Thread Beth
How anemic is he? what is his HCT?  It is a common thing with FeLV  needs to 
be monitored.
Beth
Dont Litter, Fix Your Critter! www.Furkids.org   

--- On Thu, 9/30/10, nise...@yahoo.com nise...@yahoo.com wrote:

From: nise...@yahoo.com nise...@yahoo.com
Subject: [Felvtalk] Trying to do the right thing for Avis who is FeLV+ 
w/nonregenerative anemia
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Date: Thursday, September 30, 2010, 1:39 PM

I am so grateful to find this group. Please help me with your  collective 
experience  wisdom on this horrible disease. 


I don't have many specifics about Avis' history, but I gather that he  was a 
stray in bad shape when he was rescued, then bounced around  before settling in 
a dorm room with a college student friend of my  daughter. Avis is currently 
about 21 months old. 


In May, I agreed to keep him for the summer. The original plan was that  he 
would live in my good-sized, many-windowed basement safely separated  from Max, 
my 9 year old border terrier who has never shared his home  with another 
animal. 
Avis would return to his college student when  school started after labor day. 


I absolutely did not expect the silly dog  cat to become best friends in a  
week, playing together all over the house. Max wasn't the only one who  quickly 
became fond of Avis, so I offered to keep him through  the school year to avoid 
cooping him up in a dorm room. 


Avis came to us with a diagnosis of Feline Herpes  a third eyelid  permanently 
raised about halfway on one eye. A few days ago, I took him  to a vet 
ophthalmologist for a minor procedure to improve his vision. A  complete blood 
workup was done as prep to general anesthesia. It showed  anemia, 
nonregenerative. WBC, Neutrophils  LYM were also very low normal. 


The eye procedure was postponed. I rushed Avis to my vet for a FeLV/FIV  test. 
Positive for FeLV, which was heartbreaking, but not really a surprise. 


Avis feels just fine right now.  But because he already has blood  
abnormalities 
there is obviously no way to predict how long he will continue to feel good. My 
vet says she is willing to try any reasonable option to give  him a chance at 
as 
much good quality life as possible. 


So I am now researching LTCI, Interferon, ImmunoRegulin,  Staph Protein A -- 
all  the treatments I'm sure have been thoroughly  discussed on this forum 
before. Any consensus about what is most safe   effective? Because there do 
not 
seem to be any definitive clinical trials  or studies to go by. 


I will likely take care of Avis for the time he has left -- this is too  much 
for a busy, stressed out college student to handle.  Any  suggestions to keep 
Avis as strong and comfortable and happy as possible  for as long as possible 
will be very, very much appreciated. 


Thank you! 

Kris B. 



      
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Re: [Felvtalk] Trying to do the right thing for Avis who is FeLV+ w/nonregenerative anemia

2010-09-30 Thread nise...@yahoo.com
Hi Beth,

RBC 4.37
HCT 21%

Gums  tongue a little pale, lower energy than other cats his age, but eating 
well, playing  keeping up with everything that's going on the other side of 
the 
windows.

My vet tells me that many anemic cats feel fine until the HCT hits 15%, give or 
take. We will do another blood test end of Oct, then approx every few months to 
see if the numbers hold steady, or monitor how fast they drop.

So my goal is to keep those numbers up as high as possible for as long as 
possible. I understand that sometimes treatments like LTCI, Interferon, etc can 
help with that. Any thoughts/experiences?

KB





From: Beth create_me_...@yahoo.com
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Sent: Thu, September 30, 2010 2:58:29 PM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Trying to do the right thing for Avis who is FeLV+ 
w/nonregenerative anemia

How anemic is he? what is his HCT?  It is a common thing with FeLV  needs to 
be 
monitored.
Beth
Dont Litter, Fix Your Critter! www.Furkids.org   

--- On Thu, 9/30/10, nise...@yahoo.com nise...@yahoo.com wrote:

From: nise...@yahoo.com nise...@yahoo.com
Subject: [Felvtalk] Trying to do the right thing for Avis who is FeLV+ 
w/nonregenerative anemia
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Date: Thursday, September 30, 2010, 1:39 PM

I am so grateful to find this group. Please help me with your  collective 
experience  wisdom on this horrible disease. 


I don't have many specifics about Avis' history, but I gather that he  was a 
stray in bad shape when he was rescued, then bounced around  before settling in 
a dorm room with a college student friend of my  daughter. Avis is currently 
about 21 months old. 


In May, I agreed to keep him for the summer. The original plan was that  he 
would live in my good-sized, many-windowed basement safely separated  from Max, 
my 9 year old border terrier who has never shared his home  with another 
animal. 

Avis would return to his college student when  school started after labor day. 


I absolutely did not expect the silly dog  cat to become best friends in a  
week, playing together all over the house. Max wasn't the only one who  quickly 
became fond of Avis, so I offered to keep him through  the school year to avoid 
cooping him up in a dorm room. 


Avis came to us with a diagnosis of Feline Herpes  a third eyelid  permanently 
raised about halfway on one eye. A few days ago, I took him  to a vet 
ophthalmologist for a minor procedure to improve his vision. A  complete blood 
workup was done as prep to general anesthesia. It showed  anemia, 
nonregenerative. WBC, Neutrophils  LYM were also very low normal. 


The eye procedure was postponed. I rushed Avis to my vet for a FeLV/FIV  test. 
Positive for FeLV, which was heartbreaking, but not really a surprise. 


Avis feels just fine right now.  But because he already has blood  
abnormalities 

there is obviously no way to predict how long he will continue to feel good. My 
vet says she is willing to try any reasonable option to give  him a chance at 
as 

much good quality life as possible. 


So I am now researching LTCI, Interferon, ImmunoRegulin,  Staph Protein A -- 
all  the treatments I'm sure have been thoroughly  discussed on this forum 
before. Any consensus about what is most safe   effective? Because there do 
not 

seem to be any definitive clinical trials  or studies to go by. 


I will likely take care of Avis for the time he has left -- this is too  much 
for a busy, stressed out college student to handle.  Any  suggestions to keep 
Avis as strong and comfortable and happy as possible  for as long as possible 
will be very, very much appreciated. 


Thank you! 

Kris B. 



  
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Re: [Felvtalk] Trying to do the right thing for Avis who is FeLV+ w/nonregenerative anemia

2010-09-30 Thread nise...@yahoo.com
Thanks for the kind welcome, Natalie!

It really was a joy to watch my feisty old terrier become such friends with a 
young cat. For whatever reason, they just clicked. I am glad it happened, 
because I think that Avis needs us. 


So are you doing anything special for your FeLV+ cats? Diet, supplements? How 
about stuff to avoid? Any insight is much appreciated.

KB





From: Natalie at...@optonline.net
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Sent: Thu, September 30, 2010 2:24:14 PM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Trying to do the right thing for Avis who is FeLV+ 
w/nonregenerative anemia

That's so wonderful, Kris - now you know that your dog is really open to
another animal buddy!
I'm sure you'll get great advice from othersI am also fairly new to this
group and have two very healthy FeLV+ adult male cats.  I just wanted to
tell you that I am currently socializing two 3-month old kittens, they are
extremely well-adjusted.  Our small dog, a Shnorky (Schnauzer/Yorky) and the
male kitten absolutely love each other.  They chase each other, roll around,
chewing one another, playing hide and seek, pouncing out from behind the
hiding places, etc...and the female doesn't mind any of that craziness,
either!  None of the adult cats mind our dog, they were here first.  But I
am seriously considering not finding a home for Tobey because Cookie and he
are such great friends! Natalie

-Original Message-
From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org
[mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of nise...@yahoo.com
Sent: Thursday, September 30, 2010 1:40 PM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: [Felvtalk] Trying to do the right thing for Avis who is FeLV+
w/nonregenerative anemia

I am so grateful to find this group. Please help me with your  collective 
experience  wisdom on this horrible disease. 


I don't have many specifics about Avis' history, but I gather that he  was a

stray in bad shape when he was rescued, then bounced around  before settling
in 
a dorm room with a college student friend of my  daughter. Avis is currently

about 21 months old. 


In May, I agreed to keep him for the summer. The original plan was that  he 
would live in my good-sized, many-windowed basement safely separated  from
Max, 
my 9 year old border terrier who has never shared his home  with another
animal. 
Avis would return to his college student when  school started after labor
day. 


I absolutely did not expect the silly dog  cat to become best friends in a

week, playing together all over the house. Max wasn't the only one who
quickly 
became fond of Avis, so I offered to keep him through  the school year to
avoid 
cooping him up in a dorm room. 


Avis came to us with a diagnosis of Feline Herpes  a third eyelid
permanently 
raised about halfway on one eye. A few days ago, I took him  to a vet 
ophthalmologist for a minor procedure to improve his vision. A  complete
blood 
workup was done as prep to general anesthesia. It showed  anemia, 
nonregenerative. WBC, Neutrophils  LYM were also very low normal. 


The eye procedure was postponed. I rushed Avis to my vet for a FeLV/FIV
test. 
Positive for FeLV, which was heartbreaking, but not really a surprise. 


Avis feels just fine right now.  But because he already has blood
abnormalities 
there is obviously no way to predict how long he will continue to feel good.
My 
vet says she is willing to try any reasonable option to give  him a chance
at as 
much good quality life as possible. 


So I am now researching LTCI, Interferon, ImmunoRegulin,  Staph Protein A --

all  the treatments I'm sure have been thoroughly  discussed on this forum 
before. Any consensus about what is most safe   effective? Because there do
not 
seem to be any definitive clinical trials  or studies to go by. 


I will likely take care of Avis for the time he has left -- this is too
much 
for a busy, stressed out college student to handle.  Any  suggestions to
keep 
Avis as strong and comfortable and happy as possible  for as long as
possible 
will be very, very much appreciated. 


Thank you! 

Kris B. 



  
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