5.1.13 Fred has been to the Veterinary Cancer Center for a consultation with Dr. Gerald Post, a noted and well respected vet-oncologist. Dr Post felt it was worthwhile to do further testing because Fred could have lymphoma instead of FIP. Even though it's still not a great outcome, lymphoma can be treated and give Fred good quality of life.
Today's tests were an ultrasound-guided needle biopsy of his kidneys, but they looked just fine so instead they did a test of his bone marrow. This type of spinal lymphoma will show up either in the bone marrow, as a positive feline leukemia test result (Fred's three tests were negative), or it will show up in the internal organs (which appear to be clear).
Dr. Post is also sending out some reserved spinal fluid to the University of North Carolina for specialized testing for lymphoma.
Lastly, Dr Post is also going to consult with a noted (and in his words: God-like) neurologist at Tuft's University. We've come to the end of the road of things we can test for and the hope is that we're close to getting an answer.
Today's visit was $952.00 and that was with a discount. We need to raise more funds if we stand a chance to keep Fred going. If you haven't already donated, please consider donating the cost of a cup of coffee, for Fred. He's a sweet 10-month old kitten who deserves to have as much life, and good quality life as we can provide for him.
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4.26.13 After the MRI/Spinal Tap results came in, our neurologist felt it was likely that Fred has FIP (dry form), which is fatal. We've been keeping Fred comfortable and fed, but he is deteriorating in his back legs. Last night we got a note from a top FIP researcher in Scotland who said there is NO WAY Fred has FIP due to one of his blood test results.
For that reason, we are extending our fundraising and are going to have a consult with noted Vet Oncologist, Dr Post on Monday at 11am. Though the outcome will be the same, IF Fred has lymphoma, we can treat that AND MAYBE we can get Fred back on his feet and feeling better for more time.
At this point it's too soon to tell, but we can say, again, THANK YOU to everyone who has supported Fred's journey. You were there for us so we could provide the TOP LEVEL of care Fred needed. We're VERY GRATEFUL to each and every one of you.
If you haven't donated yet, please DO considering helping Fred. He's a sweet kitten who deserves everything we can provide for him. Thank you!
We've got today to raise the rest of the funds we need for Fred. Can we do it? Can you make it possible for this kitten to get the specialized care he so desperately deserves?
Tomorrow is our last hope IF we can afford the costs of doing an MRI. Please, if you can, donate even the price of a cup of coffee to Fred. It all adds up into an amazing gift for a sweet kitten who is suffering.
Thank you so much!!
Kitten Associates is a 501(c)3 non profit cat rescue so you donation IS tax deductible! You can visit us at www.kittenassociates.org to learn more.
4.20.13: Fred's been through a lot of tests and so far everything is normal. This may mean bad news and that Fred does have the dry form of FIP. It's extremely difficult to diagnose this terrible infection so we are left to do tests that rule out everything else. Our last hope is an MRI/Spinal tap where they test the spinal fluid for signs of increased proteins or other types of infection. We're half way to our goal-which is so wonderful, but we need more donations to be able to provide Fred with the medical care he needs.
Though he's struggling to walk, this morning Fred showed some signs of feeling a bit perkier. He actually ate on his own for the first time in days, without us syringe feeding him, and we think the treatment for his uveitis is possibly working. We don't know what Fred's future holds, but at least today there is a glimmer of hope that the kitten we love so dearly will continue to be with us.
If you wish to see copies of our invoices and estimate for the MRI/spinal tap, please email us at email@example.com and we'll supply them to you. Thank you to everyone who has donated so far! Your donation is tax deductible as we are a 501(c)3 non profit. Without you, we can't help Fred.