RE: [FH] Urgent advice needed !
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.
Tabby (RB), Lynx (RB), Licorice, Tigger,
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Michael Hardesty [mailto:smi_mh@...]
> Sent: Friday, January 03, 2003 16:22 PM
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> 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
> 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
> 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.
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