I cannot believe how unlucky my poor little girl is. AS you all know, I have been paranoid about her health since her hernia op in January, and kept telling myself I was imagining things, but I was sure she was not quite herself. She is not growing the way she should and her coat is not in good condition, but I kept saying this was all a result of being sick before. Today she went in for her 90 day check and final Xray after the op, and all is fine in her chest. But after reading here about heartworm (something I had never considered before) I asked for her to be tested. Heartworm was OK but the test proved positive for erlichia, a parasite I had never heard of. I have looked it up and it seems much more common in dogs than cats, but if left can cause anemia and death by attacking the bone marrow. She will start treatment on Friday and the vet thinks she will be OK. But does anyone here have any experience? The vet was a bit inconclusive about the danger to the other cats, but I will have them tested anyway. Please, if anyone knows anything, tell me. Is it really fully treatable? Can it be passed on? Is there anything else I can do for her to prevent anemia? I already supplement her diet with egg yolk and goat milk as kitten food is not available here.
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4/5/05 at 2:56am