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Re: [FH] Re: Peanut anemic !

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  • 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 1 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 2 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 3 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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