Hi , I'm James DVM MRCVS and would like to help you with your question
Sorry to hear about Basil
Have you done a generalized blood tests as well (besides the specific ones for feline HIV) ?
Is he still running a temperature ?
Hi, yes he has had a general blood test and he is still running a temperature as his body feels slightly clammy
Is he showing sings for any other problems - not eating for ex
anything you can observe by looking at him?
He is eating and drinking as per normal, he sneezes a couple of times per day and he is loosing fur in small clumps
He is also quite snuffly as well...
Can you tell me if his White blood cell count was high on the blood test results
anything at all that was pointed abnormal on blood test results ?
I am sorry I don't know, the local vet just said that everything seemed OK and he was just under the weather. My concern is that he is not really improving and if it is more serious I want to catch it sooner rather than later
Last question , what type of antibiotics did you use so far
I forgot the name of the antibiotics in tablet form but he is on an oral suspension at the moment which is Metacam
He has had the 3rd eyelid now for a number of weeks
Ok , taking into account all the information there are two options .
1. We are indeed dealing with a systemic infection - one that the antibiotic which were given were not good .
2. some other systemic disease which could more connected with the hormonal systems or perhaps even the kidneys or liver (at times blood results will not show any deviation until the situation is more sever , so a problem could be there but not detectable by these means )
3. He may still be FIV/FeLV or FIP positive - at times these ' inhouse' tests are not accurate and it's worth while sending a blood test to an externals lab which has better facilities and better tests (sorry third option)
the eyelids being more up could be because he is suffering from fever which is not giving up
I would treat it as a symptom only but not the major problem so worry not
OK, so I need to get him back to the vets really....
this is what you need to do :
1. Have your vet take a blood sample to be sent out !! testing for FIV/FeLV FIP as well as general test.
2. ask your vet (if he knows how) to make a blood coultrue - it's a spacial exam in which a blood sample is placed in a special bottle which helps grow bacteria which can be found in the blood - this is later sent out for an external laboratory to be examined .
3. Have an ultrasound done of the kidney and liver just to make sure there is nothing wrong there
Just keep in mind - in case your vet does not find out the cause or seems unwilling with your request - your can always ask to be referred to a specialist (there are many specialist centers across the UK) for a better look
I hope all this has proved beneficial to you
If there is anything else I can help you with please let me know
I wish you both all the best
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Thats great, thank you very much