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post #91 of 189
I'm so sorry that Ginger has to go through all of this. Just wanted to let you know that you all have been on my mind and I will keep her in my thoughts and prayers. Hope everything turns out alright.
post #92 of 189
I am so sorry to hear about your baby. If it should turn out to be lymphoma, make sure your vet discusses ALL the options with you. Lymphoma responds well to chemotherapy. My kitty has lymphoma and we are currently doing chemotherapy, so far he is doing very well and I am hoping for the best. It is very expensive but I wouldn't have it any other way. My thought are with you little baby tonight.
post #93 of 189
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Thank you all so much for your prayers and thoughts .

So far no wort from the vet ..... still waiting for her to call me .
post #94 of 189
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The vet just called me back . She said that she was not able to do the operation on Ginger due to her low blood count and may lose Ginger on the operating table . Her blood count were only by 13 and is suposed to be over 20 - 23 I guess . She will stay over the weekend in the hospital now and will give her some differend medication to build her up again incluting some Irion . Dr. Heather told me that Ginger is very sick and not doing good , but she is hanging in there . The vet also said that it may not be canser and may be a blood deseas , but she still will make the operation to make sure it is not canser . The hole thing don't sound good now to me . What kind of blood deseas could there be ? I need to drive me son to school , football night again .
post #95 of 189
I'm so sorry...yes, if your vet was saying her hematocrit (hct) was 13 that is very low, normal is 30-45. I have no idea what would cause that kind of anemia in a non-crf kitty (this happens with kidney failure kitties, and of course, there are other reasons I'm not familiar with).

I will say a prayer for your sweet girl,
post #96 of 189
Oh Hedi, I'm so sorry to hear Ginger has to stay at the hospital over the weekend!

Sending good vibes and (((Hugs))) to you and Ginger!
post #97 of 189
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I wonder if it come from the flea infestation she had when Kim got her from that breeder ? Kim told me that all cats were infestet and mattet and really bad shape . Oh yes , they all had earmite too . But maybe it is something else , the vet said she may has some kind of blood deseas .
post #98 of 189
Ask the vet to tell you what disease it might be, then we can help you research it and get more information. One disease is Hemobartonella (also known as Feline Infectious Anemia)...I've been doing a little research for what might be the disease your vet is thinking of.

Don't give up on your girl, I know she's sick but it may be something that can be dealt with, and that you can help her recover from.
post #99 of 189
When my daughters cat got sick last year, he was really severely anemic. They thought it might be Hemobartonella, but in the end it wasnt as best as the vet could tell. It is caused by fleas from what I understand. I'm not saying thats what your cat has, but thats one thing that causes a disease in the blood. I know when he got sick I looked up everything under the sun to see if I could find out what it was. I sure hope she will get better and come home soon. My thoughts are with you and Ginger.
post #100 of 189
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Thank you all so much

Pat & Alix that was the wort the vet used I believe Hermobartonella . But she is not sure off that , she said it could be that she has that . How do they find out for sure ??? Is there some kind of test so they can find out ? If there is I would like to know , then when I call tomorrow the vet again I can ask for that test .
post #101 of 189
When they thought that Chip had hemobartonella, they took blood and looked at it under the microscope and could tell that way, they gave him a blood transfusion from one of our other cats and put him on I think it was tetracycline and one other med. I think they can tell from looking at the blood on a slide under the microscope.
post #102 of 189
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Maliynn I think that is the medication Ginger will be on over the weekend . I sure will ask about a test for that blood deseas tomorrow .
post #103 of 189
Here you go Hedi, this looks like a great article with specific information for you.

Article on Hemobartonella including tests to do

skritches to Ginger from me next time you see her,
post #104 of 189
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Thank you Pat & Alix that was very helpful for me . I know she don't have feline leukemia , she was testet when I let her spayed . In that article it don't say anything about those swollen nodes at all , so maybe she still has canser .
post #105 of 189
Heidi, it very well could be hemobart, but sometimes a slide exam in the clinic lab is not enough.

Your vet knows this, but she may not have discussed in greater detail with you, so please call and ask about getting a full feline serology done to rule out hemobart, coombs, toxoplasmosis or immune-mediated anemia, lymphoma,... all of which need to be ruled out when the hematocrit is so low. Sometimes it is also necessary to include an ELISA for FELV/FIV/FIP because snap tests done in the clinic may not always be reliable, especially given her symptoms at this time.

You may have to prepare yourself for a possible blood transfusion, your vet probably has a donor-cat at the clinic for such a reason, but do discuss this thoroughly with your vet so that you are fully prepared for what to expect.

The medications appropriate at this point are heavy doses of prednisone and tetracycline, plus antibiotics, fluid support and nutritional support, until further labwork reveals the actual condition. Regardless of the blood-borne disease type, these medications are commonplace to treat blood disorders.

In advanced cases or those that the vet is simply stumped, or that serology doesn't confirm anything definitive, a bone marrow aspiration can be done to rule out different types of cancer, however, I would use this as a last resort only, it requires anesthesia, is not a comfortable procedure and in a 2-year old cat, it probably wouldn't define cancer (unless it were an inheritable-type, rare). At this point, the biopsy should confirm the lymph node reaction and determine the likelihood of cancer. But, pending the biopsy and because she is not a good candidate for anesthesia right now, I would definately opt for a full feline serolgy ASAP. This needs to be sent to an outside lab and may not get the results for up to 5 business days. In urgent cases, your vet can call the lab to get faster results. Please talk to your vet about this immediately.

Whatever she is suggesting toward treatment, or possible blood transfusion, please heed her advice, blood disorders are very difficult to treat, especially in critical cases, it must be agressive and almost impossible to predict the outcome.

Having treated such diseases, and personal experiences with them, I would like to encourage you to follow your vet's direction and not give up with treatment. I've seen severe cases improve in time and with aggressive treatment, although expensive, it is worth it to see recovery.

Hang in there and keep in constant contact with your vet. If Ginger is being hospitalized, visit her every chance you get, she needs you there as often as possible for support, for encouragement to become stronger during treatment.........................Traci
post #106 of 189
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WOW Traci you sure have given me a lot of info here . Thank you so very much . I wrote all the important things down for tomorrow to ask my vet about the feline serology test . Thank you again Traci you were very helpful for me and Ginger .
post #107 of 189
that she needs. ((Hugs)) to your kitty and I pray that she will get better soon. It is hard when our little furkids aren't feeling well.
post #108 of 189
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Thank you catlover . Yes it is very hard to watch and also not knowing what in the worls is going on . Thats when I wish they could talk to me and tell me how they feel and what hurts them .
post #109 of 189
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I talk to the vet today and she told me that they had to give Ginger a blood transfusion this morning . Dr. Heather said to me that she thinks Ginger has hemobat . We did talk about the feline serology test , the vet said she would not do it at this point they are doing already some blood work right now .She also said it would cost me over & 200 dollars to make that feline serology test , phew . Ginger is hanging in there and if there is any chane she would give me a call . Otherwise we will talk on monday again and go from there .
post #110 of 189
** sending more good vibes to Ginger **
post #111 of 189
Sending my vibes to Ginger. I hope it ends soon and that she makes a full recovery.
post #112 of 189
Originally posted by PurrfectCatlove
Yes it is very hard to watch and also not knowing what in the worls is going on . Thats when I wish they could talk to me and tell me how they feel and what hurts them .
That is exactly how I feel when one of mine is unwell, and it's so utterly frustrating and painful when you want so hard to make them feel better and take the pain away for them.

Keeping you and Ginger in my thoughts, and also sending my **many good vibes**.
post #113 of 189
Sure hope she gets better, maybe with the transfusion and getting the medication she will get better. I know when they gave Chip the transfusion he seemed to get a little better, sounds like they are doing the same as they did for him. They did do alot of bloodwork on him too. They also gave him IV fluids too that seemed to help him some.
post #114 of 189
I'm glad there is an answer and now a direction as to what to do for Ginger...I wish miss gingersnap a full recovery. Sending lots of healing vibrations her way,
post #115 of 189
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Thank you all sooooooo much , you don't know how much that mean to me
post #116 of 189
Hedi, sending big hugs to you and to Ginger too...
post #117 of 189
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Thank you Sue , how nice of you .
post #118 of 189
More hugs for Ginger
post #119 of 189
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I just got of the phone with one of the girls working on the desk by the vet . I was told I can pick up Ginger after 2pm today . Dr. Heather will talk to me then about Ginger . I wonder what that could mean ??? I hope nothing bad
post #120 of 189

Hopefully she is stablized after her transfusion, and can come home to your tlc and meds. I wish her all the best, and you as well,
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