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Re: Fleas
« Reply #15 on: July 21, 2017, 05:35:10 PM »
Myco Plasma was the diagnosis. 
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Re: Fleas
« Reply #16 on: July 21, 2017, 05:43:48 PM »
Okay. Mycoplasma lacks a cell wall and is hard to kill. If it was killing the mom, what's to make the vet think that a course of antiboitics is going to kill it in the kittens?

 :o None of this makes sense to me now.  :-\
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Re: Fleas
« Reply #17 on: July 21, 2017, 05:45:53 PM »
Dr Google to the rescue, but still doesn't tell me that all cats are going to die from it:

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Mycoplasma haemofelis
 
Mycoplasma haemofelis (M. haemofelis) is a parasitic bacterial disease that is transmitted to cats through flea bites, as well as tick and mosquito bites. An infection of the red blood cells, M. haemofelis can cause fever and anemia in cats, Herold says. There is also some evidence that M. haemofelis can infect humans, especially those with compromised immune systems. Because fleas are equal opportunity feeders, an infected flea can transmit the parasite to both you and your pet.
 
M. haemofelis attaches to the infected cat’s red blood cells, which leads to the body’s immune system treating the red blood cells as foreign, marking them for destruction. This destruction of large numbers of red blood cells frequently leads to anemia, Herold says.   
 
Veterinarians often prescribe antibiotics to treat the affected animals. In severe cases, cats may require a blood transfusion followed by antibiotics.
 
“Some cats need steroid medications to prevent the immune system from attacking its own red blood cells,” Herold says. Treatment can take four to six weeks.

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Re: Fleas
« Reply #18 on: July 21, 2017, 05:47:58 PM »
I've read allllll the same things....   
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Re: Fleas
« Reply #19 on: July 21, 2017, 05:49:38 PM »
A person that has NO ISSUES with fleas... has to have TWO cats (years apart) put down, due to a flea.  What are the odds?  Same vet each time.
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Re: Fleas
« Reply #20 on: July 21, 2017, 05:52:18 PM »
A person that has NO ISSUES with fleas... has to have TWO cats (years apart) put down, due to this same disease.  What are the odds?  Same vet each time.



And who sells how many rounds of what has to be some strong antibiotics if it's going to kill off something without cell walls?
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Re: Fleas
« Reply #21 on: July 21, 2017, 06:03:01 PM »
Something else just occurred to me, since they say there's some evidence that it's zoonotic, did he tell her to get her butt to her own physician?
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