- Feline leukemia can be spread to humans or other animals (dogs, rabbits ...)
NO. Feline leukemia virus only affects cats.
- Should a cat be euthanized with leukemia.
NO. Euthanasia should only be applied in very sick animals or in a terminal situation to avoid suffering, not in animals that are carriers of a disease.
- How is it transmitted?
Through saliva, nasal secretions, tears, milk and it is also possible that through urine and feces.
A leukemic cat can transmit the virus to other cats through wounds caused by fighting, and also by sharing food, water and sanitary tray, or by licking him in mutual grooming sessions.
However, a very intimate and continuous contact between a positive cat and a negative cat is needed for contagion, since the virus is inactivated very quickly after its release.
- A cat with leukemia can live with other healthy cats
It is a fragile virus that does not survive long in the environment, so contagion occurs between cats through close and prolonged contact.
A leukemic cat can live with other leukemic cats or with double positive cats.
- Veterinary advice to make my cat with leukemia as healthy as possible
Cats with FeLV infection should not eat raw meat because they increase the risk of Toxoplasma gondii infection.
This parasite is usually only a problem in immunosuppressed cats, causing uveitis (inflammation of the internal structure of the eye), neurological signs such as seizures and ataxia.
External deworming is recommended (fleas) to minimize the risk of transmission of Mycoplasma haemofelis (blood parasite that causes anemia).
Internal deworming is also important. (intestinal parasites).
- Is there a vaccine?
There are different vaccines for years and have shown that they are effective in preventing infection, although not 100% as in most vaccines.
- What are the symptoms of the disease?
Different types of chronic disease develop.
There is a progressive deterioration of his condition.
Clinical signs include:
Loss of appetite and weight.
Respiratory, skin and intestinal signs are also common.
Cats can suffer several diseases at the same time.
Anemia occurs in 25% of infected cats. The virus can infect the red series in the bone marrow causing red blood cell reduction or abnormal red blood cell production that does not work properly. In other cases, the destruction of erythrocytes by the cat's own immune system occurs because of the virus. Anemic cats have clinical signs such as lethargy and weakness.
In 15% of infected cats cancer occurs. The most common is lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphocytes (a type of white cell) that causes solid tumors or leukemia (a tumor in the bloodstream cells). Solid tumors can be seen at several sites including intestine, kidneys, eyes and nasal chamber. In multicentric lymphoma the tumor affects multiple lymph nodes and other organs.
- Most recommended treatment
There is no treatment that is capable of eliminating FeLV infection. Treatment should be aimed at maintaining the quality of life and managing the effects of infection such as immunosuppression, anemia or cancer.
Longer antibiotic treatments are needed due to the failure of the immune system since the response to treatment is slower and less successful. Control of symptoms may require nonspecific treatments such as corticosteroids, anabolic steroids and multivitamins (which stimulate appetite) . Some cats with lymphoma may have transient improvements when treated with anticancer drugs. This implies a certain number of orally administered and injectable medications.
There are some studies with the use of human-specific antiviral drugs and with feline omega interferon that show benefits in the clinical picture and in survival in some cases, but do not cure the infection
- Will the disease develop?
YES. Most develop a serious problem associated with leukemia, however the time in which this occurs can be variable (few months or 3-4 years).
All responses have been reviewed by one of the veterinarians who know most about these diseases in Spain (Albert Lloret)
Is Aloe Vera toxic or is it beneficial for cats?
The more I searched for an answer to this question on the Internet, the more confused I was. So you I have asked Mercè Giménez Genovès (veterinarian specializing in natural therapies for animals) to clarify the benefits and disadvantages of Aloe Vera in cats. In addition to having a beautiful cat (Daka) Mercè is dedicated to the training of professionals and individuals through Animal Natural Life (I am sure that many already know this website, a must if you are interested in natural therapies).
Ok, well, since I have introduced you to Mercè, let's move on to solve our existential doubt What happens to Aloe Vera in cats, is it toxic or is it therapeutic?
It depends. It is not dangerous for everyone. Aloe gel (the inner part of aloe leaves, transparent and gelatinous) is very beneficial for curing diseases in cats, if they take it orally. But if you take a lot of aloe and hit it with the bark of the leaf, directly from the plant, then it can be irritating: the bark and the sap near the bark contain in large quantities irritating molecules for the digestive of anyone, including cats.
So, the bark of the aloe plant, can be excessively laxative when ingested. And diarrhea is not desirable in geriatric or weakened cats. There it could be called dangerous. But nothing more. In healthy cats it does not go beyond a laxative side effect if you have eaten aloe bark: my cat, Daka, at three months old, playing, ate a tiny aloe vera plant, about 20 cm tall, whole ...and it happened only a diarrhea that lasted two days. I was scared when I found the pot attacked by Daka, but you see, it didn't happen from there. Today Daka (pictured) is 5 years old and is a happy, hunter and lover of the good life.
It cannot be considered toxic, since Aloe Vera is a very powerful healing tool in Natural Veterinary. Many people are still surprised to hear that aloe vera is used "ingested" to cure diseases in animals and people. Yes, yese can be used on skin, to cure burns, scratches, etc., or it can be used made juice and ingested. This juice is sold in herbalists, natural online stores, etc.
These molecules that told you that in large quantities are irritating to the digestive, when taken in a small amount, within the juice of aloe, they provide a soft purging effect which, together with the other beneficial effects of aloe, is welcome as a natural remedy that helps any sick animal to return to balance.
Some of the beneficial properties of aloe vera are: that it induces the balance of the organism, it contains powerful antioxidants, it contains essential nutrients, it improves skin healing and the regeneration of internal tissues, it helps other treatments to eliminate infections of any kind, it is anti-inflammatory, antipyretic and antipruritic, thanks to its composition.
Therefore, some of the actions of aloe vera juice useful in cats are:
- Recovery of the intestinal wall. Treatment of digestive problems, both diarrhea and constipation, because, as explained in the courses of aloe vera, aloe vera is adaptogenic.
- Brighter fur
- Activity improvement>Aloe vera in natural medicine is used both in healthy animals (prevention of good health) and in truly sick animals (recovery). With the above list I only wanted to show you some of your actions so that you get a general idea, ... but a post does not give to explain all the applications of aloe vera in cats ...! Tell you Continuous intake of aloe juice brings a great improvement to the whole body of the cat, as it helps its digestive system, its immune system, its skin, its liver ... thanks to its composition and its balancing nature of the organism. In addition, it is a great assistant in classical veterinary because it increases the action of other treatments that the animal is already receiving, for the nutritional support at all levels that it performs.
With this I want to tell you that aloe is absolutely beneficial if you manage it well to your cat, especially if you buy it already prepared to use orally (certified aloe juice for drinking, 95 to 99% of aloe, quality for humans, used for digestive problems in cats such as constipation, anorexia, and systemic diseases such as leukemia feline, IVF, chronic respiratory problems, cancer ...) or topically (aloe cream to heal wounds, lick injuries, scars, abscesses ...).
And how is aloe vera well managed? Well, first you should value the idea that, even if you have aloe plants at home, you will have to buy the product to make sure that the aloe is well prepared and of quality. On our website we recommend some brands, such as Forever Living Aloe Vera Gel or Lily of the Desert. Once you have purchased the product, you must accustom your cat to a new flavor: that of aloe. To do this, what we do is add, day by day, increasing amounts of aloe juice in the food of our compi: the first day you will only put a few drops of aloe vera on the food and mix it so that it is not noticed, per day next same. The next day, you will put a slightly higher amount, proceeding in the same way, and thus, passing the days, increasing the dose of aloe in the food, until you manage to administer 1 milliliter for each kilo of your cat's weight (if the cat weighs 5kg, it will be necessary to give 5 ml of aloe juice). If you are very sick then the dose will be 2 ml / kg (cat 5 kg: 10 ml of aloe). The treatment time depends, usually weeks until improvement is seen, and then we will continue administering it in smaller doses to batches, for maintenance or prevention. (* Of course, to know what ailment or problem our cat has and if Aloe Vera can be beneficial for him, we must consult with a specialist and never give it to him without being sure of what we do. On the Animal Natural Life website you also have a directory of specialists in all provinces)
This is a way to manage it. There are other possibilities ... Another way is that of the needleless plastic syringe, as a bottle. In this case we will not mix it with food. You will also give the first few days (1-2 ml in total), until after 4-5 days your dose is already taken (1 ml / kg or 2 ml / kg). In this way, in increasing doses, in addition to getting used to the taste, your digestive gets used to aloe, largely avoiding that possible purge that we discussed at the beginning of the post.
We have a lot of examples that could be very graphic for your use ... if you want I will tell you in another post 😉 Greetings and I hope that little by little you have more interest in aloe vera and Natural Therapies for Animals!
Mercè Giménez Genovès -Natural Veterinary specialized in dissemination.
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Natural therapies are booming, also in the veterinary field, and this represents important benefits for our pets, as long as we use these natural resources in a responsible manner and with the necessary professional supervision.
It is important to emphasize that natural therapies, even those based solely on nutritional supplementation, such as vitamins for cats with leukemia, They are not intended to replace drug treatment that the veterinarian could prescribe.
It is also important that you understand that natural therapies are not a miraculous solution, this means that the use of aloe vera in cats with leukemia will only be aimed at improving the quality of life of the feline. Please do not rely on any information that strongly states that aloe vera is capable of being used as a sole and curative treatment in cases of feline leukemia.
How does aloe vera help cats with leukemia?
You may think that aloe vera is toxic to cats, but the pulp contained in this plant, which is used medicinally, It does not present any toxicity or danger used in the appropriate doses.
On the contrary, aloe vera contains active components that will be very useful to the cat affected by leukemia:
- Aloetin: This component will help to cope with any bacterial infection produced as a result of the decrease in the response of the immune system.
- Saponins: These components are antiseptic, therefore, they will also help protect the cat's organism against opportunistic infections, which are those that would not occur before a competent immune system.
- Aloemodine and aloeolein: Both components focus their action protecting the gastric and intestinal mucosa, therefore they are useful to prevent the damages that some pharmacological treatments can cause on the digestive system.
- Carricine: It is one of the most important active principles of aloe vera in this case, since it acts by strengthening the immune system and increasing defenses. This plant will also provide enzymes, which exert an action similar to carricin on the defenses.
As you have seen, there are several chemical components present in aloe vera that offer very interesting pharmacological effects to improve the quality of life of the cat with leukemia, therefore, we are facing a Complementary treatment of first choice.
How to administer aloe vera in cats with leukemia
Given the weakness of a cat's organism affected by leukemia, it is imperative that you acquire organic aloe vera juice suitable for human consumption, since it has the highest quality.
In this case, aloe vera should administered orally, and although the dose is 1 milliliter per kilo of body weight, in cases of very sick cats, 2 milliliters can be administered per kilogram of weight.
As always, we recommend that you have the advice of a holistic veterinarian or naturist.
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Effects of Aloe Vera in cats
If we regularly give this juice, we will be protecting your health as follows:
- We will help you reduce pain.
- The weight will be regulated, since in addition it is very nutritive (contains more than 75 nutrients).
- The immune system will be strengthened, being> How Aloe Vera is administered
It is important to go gradually and increase the dose gradually: the first day we will put a few drops, the next day a few more ... and so on until you manage 1ml per kg of your cat's weight. For example, if it weighs 4kg, we will give it 4ml. However, If you are very sick we will give you 2ml / kg.
The duration of treatment will vary according to each cat and depending on the problem you have, but usually weeks usually go by Until you see improvement. Once we begin to notice that our friend is better, more lively, we will decrease the dose.
It is curious that Aloe Vera appears on the shield of the British veterinary school and that we have not seen it for so long
History is full of writings that describe its uses and results, but over time they were forgotten in our society. However, in other areas of the planet its use is still very common and demonstrates its benefits every day.
This post will be a bit peculiar since in addition to offering you the possibility of information with its reading, you can access a series of videos, some of your own and others selected, so that you can have the maximum information, without getting tired with a very long writing with a Lots of videos.
I hope you like the system and that you participate with the comments.
Hi. I have a 5 and a half year old cat with chronic diarrhea. Good more than chronic courses in shoots. My veterinarian believes that it is some kind of intolerance to feed. He has been tested for fecal s and PCRs and all normal. When my cat is with diarrhea that is its only symptom. Otherwise eat, drink, urinate and play normally.
Normally in diarrhea outbreaks have 2-3-4 daily stools from soft to liquid with some mucus. My veterinarian gives me prednisone 2.5 mg every 48h and metronidazole and improves the truth. But I don't want to give the corticosteroid very frequently even if it's a low dose. My cat weighs 8 kg, it is large because the breed is large is not fat.
In these cases, could aloe vera juice be given? I'm scared if the diarrhea gets worse
Greetings, I have an 8 year old cat castrated. In his sandpit I found very hard poop balls. She last year around this time had constipation, she was given more hairball remedy and everything was fine.
Now it is very clogged, yesterday it was stuck in the hair of the area of the buttocks poop very thin and very hard (the poop had hair). We made an enema with warm water, they recommended 10ml / kg of weight, we only gave it 40ml. She is an aggressive cat and is stressed when she is grabbed to give hairball remedy, she does not lick it, she wallows to remove it.
Do not eat concentrate, we are giving you more canned meat, eat liver and raw and cooked chicken breast, also tuna. We begin to give ALOE about 3 to 4ml once a day for a week. She weighs about five or six kg, but fights, bites and breaks the syringes.
In the end we can give him aloe but for his condition, before it becomes more serious, how much of aloe should we give him. I have FOREVER aloe, yellow container.
I read that you should give it 1ml / kg so you have to give it FIVE or SIX ml what I don't know is if those six are given distributed in the day or SIX in the morning and other SIX in the evening.
Thanks in advance
My puppy was prescribed very strong pills after his operation, where his tail was removed because he had a carcinogenic tumor, the scar from the healthy operation but now he bleeds when he bathes, at the beginning, he is taking ranitidine. Could you take something you will see? If it is ulcer by taking strong pills? And in what dose?
My 7 year old cat suffered from urinary infection at the end of February, spent 35 days with amoxipet and ranitidine. Also panclasa for 8 days. Now we noticed that he did not eat concentrated but canned meat, then he was reluctant to canned meat. There were no changes in his mood.
On August 11 we took her to the clinic, something viral was ruled out, leukemia, feline immunodeficiency were negative.
The biochemistry came out only two parameters
GPT = 344 U / L normal value 10 - 60 U / L
Creatinine = 1.47mg / dl normal value less than 1.4mg / dl
He has been treated with TRIHEPAT since August 12
1ml three times a day.
Diet: chicken breast and can of meat ad Hills brand
Sometimes he eats chicken very little, I DON'T KNOW WHAT AMOUNT OF FOOD I SHOULD GIVE HIM AND WHAT IS THE MOST APPROPRIATE DIET, the vet told me a fat-free and palatable diet, but not how much.
Yesterday, Friday, August 18, he was given his medication and food at 10 p.m., at 2 a.m. he vomited, something he did not do, it shows that he took out the card ad.
But today, Saturday 20 in the afternoon I found two vomits of LIGHT YELLOW color under the bed, they were today, I DID NOT HAVE FOOD.
I can give you ALOE from HERBALIFE in what I get another one of greater concentration. BUT I DON'T KNOW WHAT QUANTITY TO GIVE THEM.
In addition to what other tests should be performed since I worry that he begins to vomit and his mood begins to go down. It only takes 8 days with the TRIHEPAT.
I appreciate any guidance you can give me. And I wish you many successes
Thank you for your answer. We will echo. She has not vomited again, we were also recommended to give COMPLEX B injected to further stimulate her appetite, which is placed once, since she eats but very little and the rest as a porridge I give it to the force but well that she relaxes. Nor is it that much is left and I know it is not in the amount she needs.
I am in search of aloe I hope to get it soon.
Aloe forever is the yellow gel type container right? It is diluted or administered pure. I can give it to him with a syringe after his trihepat, taking advantage of the fact that we have it. Because we have to grab it more times and the poor one is already stressing me a lot. And before giving her the medicine she starts to babaer a lot, after we release her from her torture she stops drooling.
Thanks again and I wish you a great day.
I could not comment before, good day. I took my cat for the echo, they didn't want to see the pancreas because the clinician hadn't ordered it, they saw it but it couldn't be differentiated and no alterations were detected.
According to the report, the liver has a slight increase in echogenicity, an increase in intra-abdominal adipose tissue, which makes differentiation difficult. (dx cirrhosis or fatty infiltration)
Kidneys, slight increase in echogenicity in bilateral renal cortex (consider fat infiltration or primary kidney disease). Dense urinary sediment was seen, also an increase in bladder lumen (mild-moderate bile mud, suspended sediment or clots)
The GGT, FOSFATASA and COLESTEROL were normal.
In urinalysis, urinary infection, cocci ++++, struvite crystals + and cylinders +.
Protein + |
It was followed with trihepat, they said it was hepatitis and menaxol (acetelcysteine) was added both 3 times a day, they had not given me the results of urinalysis or echo and the cat was already with jaundice, but the cat decayed very quickly even with That medication, I took it with another vet when seeing the exams there were many holes in the diagnosis. He was placed serum, that same day alone ate concentrated, something he had not done, other tests were completed.
The FINAL DIAGNOSIS, a cholangiohepatit is, is now only with L-Carnitine, Ursotec and Enrofloxacin, once a day. It is no longer yellow, or at least low enough, continued eating concentrated since 30, and from 3 or 4 I no longer accepted the food by syringe I gave it a little once a day, but since Saturday 9 left of eating concentrate. While the diet should be without fat or salt or condiments, she spits the food and eats concentrated, but not in the same amount as before.
Since Saturday 9 I returned to give food with a syringe, his mood is intermittent, we have more than a month grabbing three and this month and only twice a day. But she seems very stressed and we do not know if she is dehydrating, or because of the disease she is being derived from something else. We have been giving pedialyt (oral serum for children) since late August, just yesterday I started the third bottle of pedialyt.
We start with aloe forever from Wednesday 6, we give 3ml in the morning and 3ml in the afternoon, sometimes 4ml xq we pass the measurement. I was weighing 3kg, we haven't weighed it. Before Aloe I was with vitamin B12 and nutrigel and it was over.
I know that aloe stimulates appetite, helps detoxify liver, gallbladder, kidneys, intestine, but no longer eat, will the dose be ok? I would like to complement with something more natural, would aloe prevent it from resulting in triaditis or another condition? Thank you for your advice.