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15yr old with elev WBC, inappetance need advice ASAP

post #1 of 19
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my 15 yr old maine coon is suffering from a WBC count of 43k (steadily climbing with each trip back to vet), inappetance, lethargic, not drinking water. he is on baytril, cypro, clavamox. has just come back from vet, having quick/mild sedation for scope down throat, nothing found in mouth/larnyx, tonsils etc. vet is stumped, believes he may have mysterious infection/inflammation or mass due to high WBC. has been given windstrol, B-12 injections, sub q fluids....anyone with any suggestions or experience with this? he is now continually crying softly at midnite after coming from vet just a few hours ago
post #2 of 19
Is the WBC the only abnormal thing in his bloodwork? I assume you've also had a blood chemistry run as well as the CBC...
post #3 of 19
Thread Starter 
other than rbc being low, which had improved at next lab. vet tried to remain positive, stated anemia better, slight weight gain (only 1/2 lb though). she is stymied, has now told me we have 2 options: force feed/monitor while boarding until sunday, then run next lab as planned...if WBC has not gone down, i must make decision. best case, WBC shows any improvement, appetite even slightly returns, he may bounce back. note: he is regulated diabetic for 1 1/2 years, has done very well until now. he developed this overnight, a real shock. wondering if anyone has any experience or input, i'll gladly take all, thanks.
post #4 of 19
What do the WBC's look like? Normal or abnormal?
post #5 of 19
Thread Starter 
no, the WBC is the main issue: 35k then climbed to 43k..treating w/several antibiotics, no results
post #6 of 19
Right, but I assume they looked at a blood smear under a microscope. Were the cells normal in appearance or were they abnormal?
post #7 of 19
Semi has some great pts ... my left feild idea is has the vet tried any antivirals?? maybe your not dealing with a bacteria
post #8 of 19
Thread Starter 
re the blood smear, i know she checked for parasites (hemobartenella), negative...what else would be determined?
re the antivirals...sorry, can you elaborate?
post #9 of 19
I am a human biology / nutrional science person ...lol..

if numerous anti biotics havent helped ... you are likely dealing with a virus...

I dont know much as to veternary medicines to give names...

Viruses can skyrocket a wbc evan with antibiotic treatment
post #10 of 19
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not sure, since i'm trying to learn...does that help narrow it down? if i can add a few more questions to ask vet, that will be great, thanks
post #11 of 19
How are her liver enzymes? A liver problem is one possibility that comes to mind.
post #12 of 19
Thread Starter 
liver enzymes were fine, no problem w/kidney either...
post #13 of 19
Thread Starter 
Hi all,
I've posted anew, to move to top of forum. Please, if anyone has more insight or suggestions, I'm ready. The latest on my boy:

2nd opinion yesterday, xray shows fluid, ground glass effect in abdomen, chest/lungs clear. WBC, MONO, NEU, EOS AND BASO ALL HIGH.
HCT, RBC, HGB AND PLT ALL LOW.

Possible dx, mass or FIP. Plan, ultrasound and results of fluid drawn tomorrow. Told to take home and love over wkend, make decisions. Looks so bad, any hope...?

Thanks.
post #14 of 19
there is always hope.. sending prayers and your way
post #15 of 19
Thread Starter 
thanks, Sharky. fyi, his eyes are also glassy, look strange and sunken. Not eating other than the little bit of licking off my finger of babyfood and 9 lives liver and bacon.
post #16 of 19
This must be such a difficult time as you face these challenges with your baby's health. Bless you and your precious little boy. You are both in my prayers.
post #17 of 19
I think and ultrasound is a great idea. Good luck.
post #18 of 19
Thread Starter 
thanks, Dr Doolittle. As you are a vet tech, do you have any other theories, based on your experience?

(fyi, i spent 12 years in Ontario! Expo '86 in Vancouver was fantastic.)
post #19 of 19
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Originally Posted by mrshotdog
thanks, Sharky. fyi, his eyes are also glassy, look strange and sunken. Not eating other than the little bit of licking off my finger of babyfood and 9 lives liver and bacon.
Just wondering - the sunken eyes sounds like dehydration to me...is your fellow drinking normally, or is that, like eating, off as well?

So sorry this is happening, I hope the u/s will give you an answer.
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