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  • jruthaitken
    hi everyone rigsby is now on darbopeitin for anemia. It took all day to locate it and a 4hr round trip to get it. so he had a shot of iron at 8pm and a shot of
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      hi everyone
      rigsby is now on darbopeitin for anemia. It took all day to locate it and a 4hr round trip to get it. so he had a shot of iron at 8pm and a shot of the anemia drug at 8.30pm. The specialist vet prescribed 5mcg and said this was the right thing for him and we could check next week how things were going. i am worried it is a bit of a high dose after reading tanya's site and discussed this with her but she says let's try it. his PCV is 16%.

      I started wondering yesterday whether he had been injured when grabbed by someone october 5th and was bleeding internally? do you remember I posted about this? or whether he had ulcers because he has had a lot more stomach acid recently? would the drug he is taking be a bad thing if he has another kind of anemia and will we be able to tell next week?
      He ate some food last night - bits of chicken, tuna and some renal biscuits (19g) but won't eat this morning. I am going to try slippery elm bark again because the specialist says his kidneys are too bad to have pepcid or zantac.
      there are risks with the drug he is on - mainly for his heart and I am very worried. but I am crossing my fingers......
      thank you for the support everyone. It is very much appreciated.
      best wishes
      Ruth

      --- In feline-heart@yahoogroups.com, "crfcatsa" <crfcatsa@...> wrote:
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      > I think the medication you refer to is darbepoetin (aka Anaresp). It is similar to Epogen, which my CRF cat has been on for over 3 years to keep his anemia in check. I think the differences are that the darbepoetin tends to raise the red cell count faster and with a lower dose, but is less likely to have the antibody reaction.
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      > The website http://www.felinecrf.org/anaemia.htm has a lot of good information about anemia caused by kidney disease, and does a great job of explaining about the two drugs mentioned.
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      > You didn't give numbers on just how anemic your cat is. Generally these drugs are used when the HCT (hematocrit) or PCV (packed cell volume) (two measurements that are essentially the same thing) goes below 20%.
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      > As I understand it, more cats don't develop a reaction to the drug than do, and so don't have any problems. Some that do can still get by with an increased dose to keep the red cell production up enough to fight the anemia.
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      > If you do use either of these drugs, you will need to do blood work fairly often at first to get the best dose worked out, and keep an eye on the blood pressure (don't want high blood pressure to cause more strain on the heart) to make sure that you get the PCV in the right range.
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      > --- In feline-heart@yahoogroups.com, "jruthaitken" <jruthaitken@> wrote:
      > >
      > > hi everyone
      > >
      > > I have just talked to the specialist who says rigby is anemic - which was my concern when I took him to the vet last friday!
      > >
      > > she suggests giving him an injectable drug to increase red blood cell development but tells me it could be risky as it might cause him to have too many blood cells which would place a strain on his heart and also there is a risk of developing antibodies that could reduce the cells even further. She thinks he is close to the end.
      > >
      > > i am now really worried - as you can see, Rigsby has very severely damaged kidneys - what if this new drug causes even more harm? What are your experiences of addressing anemia? I can't remember the name of the drug but I think it began with d.
      > >
      > > thanks everyone
      > > Ruth
      > >
      >
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