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Re: [FH] Newly diagnosed cat

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  • savionna@aol.com
    Hi Ellen, In a message dated 9/3/04 6:13:43 PM, ellen-n-larry@earthlink.net writes:
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 4, 2004
      Hi Ellen,

      In a message dated 9/3/04 6:13:43 PM, ellen-n-larry@... writes:

      << My 17 month old cat, Hobie, was diagnosed with HCM this week. He has

      no outward signs but when he went in for his yearly shots >>

      Yearly shots? It may be worthwhile to read the latest information the
      American Veterinary Medical Assn, among other mainstream sources, about annual
      vaccination...which many consider no longer necessary and potentially harmful. Just
      one brief excerpt from a widely used veterinary textbook (see link #3 below):
      "A practice that was started many years ago and that lacks scientific validity
      or verification is annual revaccinations. Almost without exception there is
      no immunologic requirement for annual revaccination."

      For information on vax, some sources incl:

      1. www.avma.org/policies/vaccination.htm (AVMA vax policy)
      2. www.AVMA.org/vafstf (AVMA feline sarcoma task force)
      3. www.catcaresociety.org/shots.htm (Kirk's Current Veterinary Therapy XI)
      4. http://svmweb.vetmed.wisc.edu/VetWeb/Deskto
      pModules/ViewAnnouncement.aspx?ItemID=39&mid=164 (Dr. Ronald Schultz, immunologist and chair of the
      Department of Pathobiology at the Univ of Wisc School of Vet Med)
      5. www.geocities.com/~kremersark/newhope.html (Sylvia's Journey of New Hope)

      << Right now I am very confused about how to proceed - with

      holistic medications or prescription medications. >>

      Integrative or holistic medicine is not about "either/or"...it's about
      "both/and." That is, integrative medicine uses the techniques of all available
      healing discliplines...including conventional industrial medicine...to benefit each
      individual (whereas conventional medicine uses 2 techniques...synthetic
      medications and surgery...to treat a disease). Further, complementary techniques
      work *with* the individual's body *to the extent* the body is able to heal
      (whereas synthetic medication "forces" the body or a part of the body to "act" a
      certain way)...so it is not unheard of that an individual might need a
      combination of complementary and conventional techniques to achieve the goal of healthy
      balance. One more small detail: there are no holistic "medications" (that is,
      isolated chemical compounds synthesized in a laboratory). The remedies used
      in complementary medicine...incl such disciplines as homeopathy, Traditional
      Chinese Medicine, and Western botanical medicine...are based primarily on plants
      and minerals and are complex substances containing dozens if not hundreds of
      compounds.

      If you are interested in pursuing complementary treatment for the cat, there
      is a directory (altho not comprehensive) of holistic vets here:
      www.ahvma.org/referral/index.html

      << Any advise or suggestions would be

      greatly appreciated regarding medication, diet, etc. >>

      Diet? What does the cat eat now (brand, flavor, canned or dry)? All cats,
      almost without exception, require the *same* diet: a high-quality (quality in the
      nutritional sense), low-carbohydrate, well-balanced, moisture-rich,
      meat-based diet. There are a number of food options that fit those criteria, such as w
      hole prey, a fresh-food diet (either homemade or premade frozen), or a quality
      canned product, such as Wellness, www.oldmotherhubbard.com; Nature's Variety,
      www.naturesvariety.com; PetGuard, www.petguard.com; Felidae, www.canidae.com;
      Natural Balance, www.naturalbalanceinc.com; and Eagle Pack, www.eaglepack.com.

      For information on feline nutrition, some sources incl:

      1. www.maxshouse.com/feline_nutrition.htm
      2. http://home.earthlink.net/~jacm2/id1.html
      3. www.speedyvet.com/nutrition
      4. http://rocquoone.com/diet_and_health.htm
      5. www.homevet.com/petcare/feedingyourcat.html
      6. www.catinfo.org
      7. www.drsfostersmith.com/general.cfm?siteid=0&gid=74&ref=2066&subref=AN

      Some characteristics to consider in evaluating a quality food product for
      cats incl:

      1. muscle meat from a named species (as opposed to "byproducts" or "poultry")
      as the first ingredient;
      2. organ meat from a named species (as opposed to "liver" or "poultry liver")
      in the second to fifth ingredient positions, preferably from the same species
      as the muscle meat;
      3. muscle and/or organ meats in at least three of the first five ingredient
      positions;
      4. limited to no fish;
      5. limited to no carbohydrate sources, preferably from low-glycemic
      vegetables, such as squash, or whole, hypoallergenic grains, such as oats and barley
      (as opposed to corn, wheat, and grain fractions, such as "rice bran");
      6. no plant-protein "boosters" (such as "soy protein isolate" or "corn gluten
      meal")
      7. no nonnutritive fillers (such as "powdered cellulose" and "grain sorghum")
      8. no synthetic preservatives (such as BHT, BHA, and ethoxyquin), colorings
      (such as Red Dye #40 and titanium dioxide), or flavorings.

      // Rosemary
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