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I started this blog with the hope of helping you save your precious pet. I am not a Veterinarian and luckily, I received great advice from several in my quest to save my cat from this truly horrible disease. By the time a person notices the symptoms, the disease has already taken a strong foothold. If you read about it on line, it seems doubtful that your pet will survive, but mine did, so I want to share with you how we managed it. By the time I noticed that my cat wasn’t eating or drinking and was just laying around, it was a Sunday, so I just figured I would have the cat checked out the next day if he didn’t perk up. I came home from work Monday afternoon and his skin was yellow from the jaundice and he felt hot and feverish.   I rushed him to Dr. Faith Hughes, DVM who did a blood slide and confirmed it was caused by a tick bite and at that time he was running a fever of 106. She gave him 2 shots- Imidocarb  and Atropine. Since he was not too dehydrated, she let us take him home. Your cat may need intensive fluids  and may need to stay over night. We brought him home and the treatment plan consisted of forced feedings, watering regularly as well as consistently timed medication. I purchased cans of AD prescription food which I mixed with clear chicken broth to make runny enough to suck up into the big syringe Dr. Hughes gave me. My friend Gail Perfect, DVM also suggested strained turkey baby food would work well too. Every 4-6 hours I pushed a syringe full of this goo into the side of his mouth then followed it with a smaller syringe of water. I also gave him water between these feedings. Every 12 hours I gave him a syringe of antibiotics- you may receive either Amoxicillan 50mg/ml or Clavamox from your vet. Also for the fever one prednisone pill every 24 hours. Every 12 hours I also gave him a syringe of Lixotinic, a dark brown vitamin tonic. In addition, I gave him a syringe of coconut oil, for energy. I mashed up bananas with water for a syringe in the mornings since he loves bananas. Keep your cats favorite foods handy for when he perks up and can eat again.  This lasted all week and finally on Friday night at midnight, I went to give him a feeding and there he was with his face in his food bowl of cruchies munching away on his own!! He was almost back to his old self. Today is Sunday and there is a little yellow left to his skin but I have water in front of him all the time and I am just finishing the last of the antibiotics. Good luck and don’t give up!! Great thanks to Faith Hughes, DVM  of the VCA Wakulla Animal Hospital  in Crawfordville, FL and Shepherd Springs Animal Hospital, Crawfordville, FL for their help. Also my friend Gail Perfect, DVM and all my great friends for their suggestions and support.



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