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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-17-2005, 03:43 PM Thread Starter
 
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joint ill, anyone heard of it in kittens

just been to the vet and told that two of my 6, 6 week old kittens have joint ill. they are on antibiotics and need fluids and cooling down (temp 104).
the only information i can find is about foals, nothing in domestic animals at all.
I'm really worride because the vet said it will probably spread through the rest of the litter and i may loose them all.

anyone any info or suggestions on how to help these little guys
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-17-2005, 05:10 PM
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Sorry, not familiar with that term. Can you call the vet and ask what the medical term is for the illness? Thanks....
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post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-18-2005, 05:34 AM
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As far as I know, this only occurs in young livestock - lambs, foals, calves, etc. It is a form of arthritis, so I think there has probably been some kind of misunderstanding somewhere along the line.
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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-18-2005, 06:26 AM Thread Starter
 
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the vet did say she only usually sees it in lambs but i'm taking them back to the vets now so i'll ask for more info
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the vet now says shes not sure what it is and now they all have it.

she said the key is to keep their temperatures down and their fluids up, so here's what i'm doing

they are in their travel basket on a blanket, the basket is on an ice pack with a fan blowing in it.

I'm syringing water into their mouths every hour and formula milk every two hours. some dont like it and i'm worried it might go down into their lungs when they wail, is that possible??

any suggestions as to how else i can help them, please i'm desperate, i'd hate to loose any of them
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I would get another vets opinion, no vet should say I dont know and leave it at that.
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post #7 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-18-2005, 03:41 PM
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Can you describe the symptoms?

I agree that it would be wise to get a second opinion from a different vet.
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post #8 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-18-2005, 03:53 PM Thread Starter
 
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high temperature and limping, no sneexing or discharge of any kind. they are also very lathargic.

vet mentioned joint ill but says that it is probably a virus.

i just need to know that i'm not going to harm them by syringing water into them whent they are protesting, and any other ideas as to how to get their temperature down.
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post #9 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-18-2005, 03:58 PM
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I would just keep ice packs and a fan on them. Unless it is very hot I wouldnt spray them with water as it could give them a chill. When you force feed them make sure you are holding them belly down, NOT how you would feed a human baby. Like this-
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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-18-2005, 04:01 PM Thread Starter
 
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i have been holding them on their backs just to keep them still, will that have harmed them?
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