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42229Re: [felineherpes]feline herpes Introducing Maggie - please help

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  • caraleekanab
    Jan 22, 2014
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      I believe I can tell you what the sore on her ear is from: the methmiazole. Some cats are allergic to it (my cat was) and for them it causes excoriating sores around their faces. My vet didn’t know about this, despite being a smart vet, so I had to go on google to figure it out.  As soon as I stopped the methmiazole, the sores cleared up.  It probably itches, and that’s why it’s looking bad.  The alternative to using this drug is expensive, but effective: the radioactive iodine treatment. It’s much easier now, the cat is in hospital for two days (at least where I live), and goes home with you. If your vet is savvy, he will know about this, as will your specialist. If you tell me what state you live in, I would be glad to help you research a place where this is done. Further, methmiazole is notoriously hard to get exactly the right dosage into the individual cat. Does she have any other side effects such as no appetite, vomiting? How long has she been on methmiazole?
      I also suspect the prednisolone is a culprit in your cat showing the symptoms of herpes. Most cats harbor the herpes virus, but never manifest it. However, any steroids will lower a cat’s immune system, and anything opportune—like herpesvirus—can show up.  I bet that’s what’s going on with your cat. You might research alternative treatments for the IBD. There are other groups on Yahoo which address both hyperthyroidism and IBD, and you might want to join them for more suggestions. In the long run, the pred will be very hard on your kitty’s system.
      I would have a serious discussion with your vet about these things. I hope he is open to talking about this stuff; some are more open to partnering with the owner of the cat than others.  If your gut is telling you this vet may not be the best choice, do try to find another. Most of us on this list have been to more than one vet and finally found one who is open and willing to look at new information.  By the way, what antibiotic is your cat receiving? We’ve found that Clavamox is almost useless. The antibiotic of choice in upper respiratory problems is zithromax (azithromycin).  If your vet is unfamiliar with using this for upper respiratory, I would definitely look for a new vet, as most up-to-date vets know about this.
      Meanwhile, stay with us!  You’ll find this list to be very helpful and we’ll do what we can to help your kitty do better.  Also...what are you feeding her?  Let us know; we might have suggestions of better choices. I wish I could speak to the eye issues, but I (knock on wood) never had to deal with those. I just had the awful nose stuff. And speaking of noses, if she is clogged up, she won’t want her food since cats usually won’t eat what they can’t smell. So that, too, could be one of her issues.
      Sent: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 9:53 AM
      Subject: [felineherpes]feline herpes Introducing Maggie - please help

      My cat Maggie is almost 15.  In early December she started sneezing, which developed into a full upper respiratory infection very quickly.  One morning she was fine when I left for work, and when I got home, her eyes were stuck shut.


      I have tried to give her just about everything, but she is a feisty cat and since my husband passed away in October, I have no one at home to help me hold her to medicate her.  I am small and my hands are small and I simply cannot manage her.  I tried wrapping her, not wrapping her, treats, petting her to try to calm her down, and when I try to do anything for her she screams and wriggles away.  It's gotten to the point that she fears me because it seems every time I approach her it's to do something to her.


      She started on an antibiotic for 5 days and ofloxacin eye drops which I got into her maybe half the time.  Then she saw a veterinary ophthalmologist who put her on famciclovir, but the tablets are the same size as 350 mg aspirin.  I got her to take them in a pill pocket for 2 days, then she got wise.  I could not pill her.  I could not crush it into her food, not even tuna.  She wouldn't eat it.  She lost a pound in a week.  I got chicken-flavored suspension from a compounding pharmacy, but ended up with chicken-scented stains on the curtains because she would jerk her head away when I tried to use the oral syringe.  He also gave me terramycin ointment but I could not get that into her eyes either; she would struggle and claw me and scream at me, then act like she hated me.  And who could blame her. 


      Right now she seems to be recovering from the URI, but her eyes are horribly infected.  she will not even let me clean them.  I boil water, let it cool to room temperature, use soft cotton balls, and she screams and jerks away.  I am at the end of my rope.  She has a nasty dark scabby area on the tip of one of her ears and I have no idea where that came from.  It is clearly very painful and it looks like it is eating away at her ear skin. 


      My holistic vet had me put her on L-Lysine, and after she would not eat food with the powder and would not eat the treats, I got the Vitalys gel, which she will lick off her fur.  It is doing NOTHING to help her.  Her vet says he's never found antivirals to be effective and he is not convinced that the sore on her ear is from herpes.  To the best of my knowledge he has done no definitive tests for herpes, but neither did the big vet hospital where I took her to start with because it was off-hours.


      Oh, and she is also on methimazole for hyperthyroid and she has IBD and gets prednisolone every other day.


      I am at the end of my rope.  I love her so much and my husband died only a few months ago and I had to make the decision to pull him off the ventilator and I am emotionally unable to make a decision about whether to give up on her.  It seems like she just has a cold and an eye infection and I cannot put her down just for that, but I cannot treat her.  She is miserable.  She is in such pain and I am miserable because I cannot help her.  It is horrible and I don't know what to do.  Please help me.

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