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Re: Peanut anemic !

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  • DH
    Thank you, Jim and Michelle, for your replies. This litter-eating thing started after her last blood draw...so that may be what put her over the edge. But I
    Message 1 of 8 , Feb 5, 2012
      Thank you, Jim and Michelle, for your replies.

      This litter-eating thing started after her last blood draw...so that may be what put her over the edge. But I believe she is well enough to hold out till tomorrow morning for her regular vet. I don't like our emergency clinic, plus it's $90 just to walk in the door!

      I'll ask her vet to do an ear prick only, if possible, to check her HCT before going further. I started her on Methyl B-12 (5,000 mcg with 800 mcg folic acid) sublingual, as well as Jarrow B-Right complex this morning, and she seems calm and is eating and drinking.

      Emergency always strikes on the weekend!
      Diane

      --- In feline-heart@yahoogroups.com, "DH" <dianelharrell@...> wrote:
      >
      > {also posting on feline-CFR-Support}
      > Well, while trying to deal with her fluid build-up, I now discover that my little girl is probably anemic. When I called the emergency clinic (it's 2 a.m. now) to find out what I could give her to supplement, they said she's going to need a blood transfusion. Yikes! --is this so??
      > Diane & Peanut
      >
    • Jim Sinclair
      ... Indeed--last night my sickly kitten refused dinner (extremely unlike him) and was lethargic and seemed cold. I put his dinner in the refrigerator and held
      Message 2 of 8 , Feb 5, 2012
        On Sun, Feb 5, 2012 at 3:28 PM, DH <dianelharrell@...> wrote:

        > Emergency always strikes on the weekend!

        Indeed--last night my sickly kitten refused dinner (extremely unlike
        him) and was lethargic and seemed cold. I put his dinner in the
        refrigerator and held the kitten under my sweater for a while, then
        tried to tempt again with dinner. No interest whatsoever. I tried a
        bit of scrambled duck egg, which ordinarily he LOVES, but this time
        ignored until I pried his mouth open and popped a bit of the egg
        inside. That got his attention, and he swallowed it and then agreed to
        eat more egg. Still wouldn't eat cat food.

        I held him under my sweater for a few more hours. Around 11 p.m. he
        came out under his own power, climbed up into the cage where I feed
        the kittens (usually cage is left open for them to come and go, only
        closed at feeding time to prevent raiding by adult cats), and was
        nosing around the empty bowl from his littermate's dinner. I thought,
        GREAT! He's hungry! I'll feed him a bedtime snack.

        Next thing I know, he's on the floor of the cage, unable to stand up.
        I lifted him up and set him back down on his feet, and he promptly
        fell over. Looked just like Cricket when he had ataxia as a part of a
        reaction to metronidazole. This kitten had just started metronidazole
        after testing positive for clostridium.

        I rushed around crating dogs, grabbing keys and credit cards, all set
        to rush kitten to emergency clinic--but when I went back to the cage
        to get him, he was fine.

        So instead of rushing him to the clinic, I fed bedtime snacks to all
        the animals, then stayed awake until 4 a.m. in case he had another
        attack. Which he didn't. He ate his snack, ate breakfast this morning,
        and has purred more since midnight last night than in the entire
        previous week.

        I emailed my vet, said I'm not giving him any more metronidazole until
        I hear back from her about this incident, and made a similar complaint
        about emergencies almost always happening on weekends.

        Jim Sinclair  jisincla@...
        www.jimsinclair.org
        http://moosepuppy.petfinder.com
      • elfinmyst@aol.com
        Hi Diane Anaemia can cause secondary HCM. When the anaemia is treated, the HCM recovers if the anaemia is causing it. The blood transfusion is not traumatic at
        Message 3 of 8 , Feb 5, 2012
          Hi Diane

          Anaemia can cause secondary HCM. When the anaemia is treated, the HCM
          recovers if the anaemia is causing it. The blood transfusion is not traumatic at
          all, two of my cats are donors at Liverpool Uni. The donor cat is sedated
          and the transfusion is done with the cats next to each other and the blood
          transferred directly. The donor cat gets fluids and just dozes through the
          procedure. The needle goes into the vein at the neck and it takes about 30
          - 40 mins in total.

          It's also possible there is a feline blood bank your vet can get the blood
          directly from.

          Ensure they test Peanut's blood group first. Most non specialist vets can
          only get type A blood. This is the most common and most non pedigree cats
          are A groups. B cats tend to be pedigree and are much rarer. My girl is a B
          type which is why she donates. You can't mix the two types, just like in
          humans.

          It's a simple procedure and Peanut would get immediate benefit with
          breathing.

          Lyn

          _www.myfurkids.co.uk_ (http://www.myfurkids.co.uk/)

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        • Carol
          Diane, It depends on how low her HCT(hematocrit) is. The only way to know is to have her blood checked. If she s not so anemic that she needs a transfusion,
          Message 4 of 8 , Feb 5, 2012
            Diane,

            It depends on how low her HCT(hematocrit) is. The only way to know is to have her blood checked. If she's not so anemic that she needs a transfusion, there are supplements that can help. Also feeding either raw or slightly cooked liver, small amounts(about a teaspoon or so) a few times a week, can help. Liver is high in iron and b vitamins. One supplement that I used to give my angel Sweetie when she was anemic was Hemaplex by Progressive Labs. http://www.pureformulas.com/hemaplex-60-capsules-by-progressive-labs.html I used to give her half a capsule twice a day. If Peanut is indeed anemic, then the vet may want to give her either Epogen or Darbepoetin injections, which stimulate the bone marrow to produce red blood cells.

            I hope Peanut will be okay. We'll keep her in our prayers.

            Carol and the gang


            -----Original Message-----

            When I called the emergency clinic (it's 2 a.m. now) to find out what I could give her to supplement, they said she's going to need a blood transfusion. Yikes! --is this so??








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