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I have a question about FIV.
Posted By tdomf_d6e07 On December 10, 2013 @ 5:18 PM In Ask the Vet,Miscellaneous | 1 Comment
I’ve been feeding a stray cat whose eyes are watering with a clear liquid as well as puss. There is also a clear discharge from his nose. I was able to get him in a cage and to the vet who gave him an antibiotic. It didn’t work and after several weeks of trying, I was able to bring him to the vet again. She diagnosed him with FIV and said his immune system was already compromised and that I should euthanize him as the most humane course. I’m having a really hard time with this. I also have another cat who is both an indoor/outdoor cat. Please let me know what you think. Thank you!!!
Answer from Dr. Gaylord Brown:
We have successful maintained numerous FIV positive cats at the sanctuary. The key is to provide a supportive environment with minimal stress. We use antibiotics as needed, nutritional supplements, and subcutaneous fluids. The treatment can be done in a home environment, but requires a veterinarian willing to teach you how to treat the cat.
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