Originally Posted by Rosiemac
How long does he have to be on that for?
They get 3 shots a week, ongoing. So we will try for about a week at the increased dosage, and in the meantime I will keep a tight eye on the the red blood cells to ensure there is no plummetting to really critical levels where I would have to let him go right away or that his clinical signs don't tell me it is time to let him pass. And then next week when the Eprex has had time to begin to do something, I should know if we can get through this anemia or not.
On the Yahoo Group anemia list I joined, people have had success in getting pvc levels from similar values to Callym's up about 6 points in a week or two. We just don't know why the eprex did not work at the regular dosage he was on, but from research I learned that some cats just do require an above average dosage (maybe also cause Callym is not just a kidney cat, but also a cancer cat).
Callym is still able to jump on the bed etc., he just ate a decent sized breakfast (he has not vomited once in all of his illness), he uses the litterbox well, he purrs when I cuddle him, and wants to be part of the house routine (sleeps with me, is in the living room with me etc. - no hiding). He is slower and sleeps a lot - classic signs of anemia - and of course is not the same cat physically he was before the illness. This anemia caught me off guard as I thought an eventual growth of the oral tumor and inability to physically eat cause of that would be where things headed with oral cancer.
I wish there were "right" decisions and answers, this is so difficult. As someone said earlier in the post, it makes it difficult when the numbers warn you bad things are going on, but the cat's clinical signs don't match.