Ok all now is time for me to ask about a problem I have been fighting a loosing battle with for the past 8 months!
I have a rag tag rescue in a rural area for animals who are drove out here and dumped like trash by the road side. This dumping problem has greatly increased in the past yr or so which I believe is a result of the current state of the economy.
Anyhow here is the problem:
There is some strange type URI going round n round the rescue animals. My vet knows our predicament out here and has been gracious enough to sell me diff. meds, however NONE have gotten rid of this problem! I do my utmost best to separate sick ones from healthy ones and my goodness I disinfect daily all day long it seems to no avail! This URI will start in kittens as young as just 3-4 days old! Does not appear they receive any kind of immunity from their mothers milk no matter how healthy the mamas appear to be!
I give them meds right away, some seem to get better then this URI moves on to the next making a big circle till it gets back to the original one who was sick only to make them ill again and start allll over!
The symptoms often start as the eye icky or red eye and move on to the nasal passages clogging them completely up. I have only had one in which this has moved into the lungs and it was only in the very top most of the lungs on him.
I have about 6 or 7 ages 4 months+ that just stay chronically ill with this in their nasal passages; they "slurp" for lack of a better word, all day and night. They also have copious amounts of phlegm in their throats constantly. This causes them to puke up the phlegm and also makes it hard for some to hold down the food that they eat! One is seriously under weight due to this phlegm problem and I need an answer for him quickly!
As stated above, they have been on several types of meds for this:
1st- Amoxicillin, then Clavamox, Clindamycin, Albon and some other sulfur med, Flagyl (some have experienced diarrhea but probably due to the antibiotics), Prednisone, Gentimycin, Triple antibiotic ointment and Terramycin (for eyes), Penicillin injectable, Tylan50 injectable, Chlortrimeton, Benadryl, Clairton, Zyertec and also rounds of Zithromycin! I know there are more meds but I just cannot remember right this sec. All are on a L-Lysine regiment.
Generally, in the beginning the antibiotics would clear up nasal & eye infection but never get rid of the slurping sounds in the nose nor the copious amounts of phlegm! I know the thought of polyps in the nose comes up but I do not believe this to be the case with so many kitties and all unrelated too! The vet did mention the other day that they possibly have damage in the nasal passages from whatever the heck this is. I of course have steamed them, used baby nose drops u name it without much success to get them opened up.
With FHV and also FCV, those illnesses usually run their course within a couple of months but whatever type URI this is just keeps on a going! I do know FCV is pretty common in the animals I rescue as we are in a rural area and no doubt many of them have had rabbit dinner before I was able to rescue them and in case some of you do not know this, the government introduced FCV into the rabbit population to control numbers without a thought in the world (or maybe they really did think of it but not care) that pets might eat a rabbit and thus catch this virus!!!
Folks I have ran out of resources by continually buying all these diff. medications which have not worked. I cannot come up with the funding at the moment to take them in for any fancy testing. I called a few more vets and one had the gull to tell me to euthanize them! Folks I am a no kill person unless they are acutely suffering and nothing can alleviate their suffering, and if I cannot get them better nor find forever homes for them with special needs then by golly they can live out their days here with plenty of love here! BTW otherwise these kitties are playful and full of life n love not just laying around in pain waiting for death! They just have a problem they need some help with!
As a result of all of this, The Inn Is Full here--bursting at the seams! I cannot take in any more unwanted animals nor can I follow through with spays & neuters, shots & finding forever homes with sick babes until this whole deal is nipped in the bud and taken care of!
I so much welcome any input and ideas any of you may have! I am so thankful for these places on the net such as this where we can all share our experiences and help save lives!
PS: Since several have been dealing with this a long time, it is a major fight just to get liquid forms of medications & other things like Nutrical into them! Even wrapping them up in a towel they will tear it to shreds to keep from getting medicated!