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RE: [FH] Urgent advice needed !

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  • Jonathan Rosenberg
    Michael, I am sorry to hear that Gina is still doing poorly. From you last posts, I had hoped she was on the road to recovery. I think it s time to be more
    Message 1 of 2 , Jan 3, 2003

      I am sorry to hear that Gina is still doing poorly. From you last posts, I had
      hoped she was on the road to recovery.

      I think it's time to be more aggressive about seeking out a specific diagnosis
      for her problem. I would push the new vet on this. If he/she doesn't seem
      inclined to pursue it, find someone who will. And, please keep in mind that
      whatever the problem is, it may have nothing to do with her FIV+ status.

      Jonathan Rosenberg
      Tabby (RB), Lynx (RB), Licorice, Tigger,
      Jet, Belle

      > -----Original Message-----
      > From: Michael Hardesty [mailto:smi_mh@...]
      > Sent: Friday, January 03, 2003 16:22 PM
      > To: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com
      > Subject: [FH] Urgent advice needed !
      > Our baby cat, Gina, just over two, was diagnosed
      > seven weeks ago with FIV.
      > The good news is that all of her cell counts
      > have dramatically improved in the last month,
      > neutrophils went from 300 to 10,000 ! Red & white
      > counts are normal, she's eating very well, grooming
      > herslf, purring again, even got outside for a brief
      > while the other day, her temperature is back to
      > normal.
      > Bad news is she is still losing weight, after hovering
      > around 8-8 1/2 lbs for several weeks, she was over 10
      > lbs originally before illness, she has now dropped
      > down to 7 lbs, I take her in three times, now two
      > times starting this week, for epogen shots and the
      > intravenous fluids (which she loves !)but she still
      > has diarrhea after three weeks on flagyl and also
      > kaopectate the last week. The vets, whom I've spent
      > 3K since she first was diagnosed, don't seem to
      > know what's the cause or diagnosis, and I have
      > had to bring up the weight loss issue myself ! I'm
      > getting a second opinion next week but am really
      > upset about this. I've been told by the vets and
      > others
      > that cats can live a long life with FIV but Gina
      > can't afford to keep losing weight at this rate.
      > We've been feeding AD & ID can foods, Bumblebee
      > tuna in water, roast beeef, turkey breat treats,
      > various kitty can treats, IAMS & Science Diet
      > dried foods and she does drink water.
      > Flagyl daily for diarrhea and it is also an
      > antibiotic plus kaopetate, 3 mil once or twice
      > a day.
      > Any suggestions are much appreciated.
      > Thanks,
      > Michael
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