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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 11:03 pm 
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I have a wonderfull Bengal boy who is pedigree brown and 4.5 yrs old. He has all Bengal traits, so loving and fun. This is a sad situation for us as we have had him since 8 weeks old. The only reason we need a new loving Bengal home is because my baby son has chronic asthma and is allergic to the cat, the doctor has strongly advised us to rehome our cat for him to stand any chance of getting better, they have even refused to X-ray his chest or give him further steroids until he has been parted from the cat for a minimum of 6 months.this is an awful situation to b in but I have to do what is best for my baby son.i hope there is someone out there that can give Leo all the love he deserves an a happy home! He is not a house cat and goes out an plays with other cats everyday! We do not want any payment, and wud prefer to meet Leo s new family x


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2011 7:41 pm 
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Hi - I have sent you a message, am very interested in Leo.
Many thanks and kind regards


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2011 11:16 pm 
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Milan123 wrote:
they have even refused to X-ray his chest or give him further steroids until he has been parted from the cat for a minimum of 6 months.


I am not entirely sure they are allowed to say this or do it. You can complain about it. It has to be against every policy they have!!

I used to be a neonatal nurse looking after sick cardiac babies whose health is made worse by being around smoking. All we could do was advise parents not to smoke in the house, we couldn't remove health care until they stopped.

I am utterley shocked :shock: What health care trust are you in because i have friends all over the country in paediatrics so could have a word regarding the legal issues.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2011 11:20 pm 
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In fact, i have just spoke with a friend who is a paediatric consultant and he said that this is against the law to refuse to treat a sick child/baby due to a cat or any allergen.

You really need to report it!

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2011 11:12 am 
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as Lollo has said, I think you should be reporting this. on reading it the first time, I kind of felt that the doctor might want to see how your boy's health looks like normally with asthma without having the effects of having Leo around, but to refuse to give your boy an X-ray or steroids is ridiculous!

the more I think about it, the doctor should be treating your boy under normal conditions and possibly give him anti-allergens! I've got asthma too but I've had dogs growing up and although my parents warn me (still to this day!) not to breathe in too much animal hair, I've somehow gotten desensitised to animals I'm exposed to a lot. I'm not saying that this may happen with your son, but I think you'll need to report your doctor and seek advice from somebody else who is more professional!

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2011 4:15 pm 
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thank you for your advice, i will mull this over. i do understand where the doc is coming from, he did try to say it in the best possible way by calling it a 'very long extended holiday' he has already had steriods and they didnt work and they sed they wouldnt try again until the cat has gone? regarding the xray it is a last resort, so i have to try everything first. i am not at all wanting to let my puss go, however in this circumstance i have to, to be honest seperating baby and cat is hard work (i have twins)and not fair, puss feels left out!


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2011 4:53 pm 
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Milan123 wrote:
thank you for your advice, i will mull this over. i do understand where the doc is coming from, he did try to say it in the best possible way by calling it a 'very long extended holiday' he has already had steriods and they didnt work and they sed they wouldnt try again until the cat has gone? regarding the xray it is a last resort, so i have to try everything first. i am not at all wanting to let my puss go, however in this circumstance i have to, to be honest seperating baby and cat is hard work (i have twins)and not fair, puss feels left out!


can I just ask if your doctor is a GP or is he specialised in respiratory conditions? if you can, check Asthma UK, they offer advice and information for those with asthma. they also have clinics, but i'm not sure if the ones available are easily accessible for you, or if there is one in your area

http://www.asthma.org.uk/

here's the parental section with info about children with asthma, it could maybe help you somewhat

http://www.asthma.org.uk/my_child_has_asthma.html

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2011 5:31 pm 
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awe that is just tragic , my hubby is allergic to cats ...but we have 2 ....and there are always anti histamines ...lol...he is way down the list after the cats and the kids ...( poor man ) I have a long hair which does trigger him , however my bengal doesnt affect him at all , I think because his coat is so short and soft the hair is completely different from my Norwegian forrest cat .

If you lived closer I would happily take your boy for you. Unless you want to meet us half way in carlisle :wink:

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2011 6:38 pm 
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I am still rather concerned about the attitude of your doc who said that he would not offer treatment until your boy has been gone for 6 months. Youa re entitled to ask for a second opnion and I think you should. There is always the faint possibility that doc doesn't like cats?

Also, Bengals do generally moult less than other thats so the hair shouldn't be a major issue. Obviously you want the best for your son, and yes even us cat-nuts understand that your own child comes first, but please check out all the options before having to re-home your beautiful boy (cat that is - not son :lol: )

Have a great Christmas xx

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2011 7:45 pm 
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Not sure what he means by "as a last resort"? Xrays have little value in asthma, other than excluding other causes of breathing difficulties. Having a cat around is just not good enough reason to withhold a standard diagnostic tool in chest conditions from your son.

I would seek a second opinion. Good luck!


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 24, 2011 3:22 am 
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A little story..

Several years ago i took my son to see the GP as he was chesty.. i was told that he was badly asthmatic and i MUST imeddiatly get rid of all my animals or else..
he was seen by Asthma Nurse who said she was reporting me to SS, that i was a disgrace etc etc... she wouldnt let me spk and just yelled...
however... i had my sons routine appointment a few days later at the hosp with head of Paeds... He went mad! lol, said that it was obviously not asthma and even if it had been getting rid of all animals is not always the correct thing to do...
He made me stay whilst he phoned first the GP, then the Asthma Nurse up and yelled at them!
So please,before you do anything either change your GP or get a 2ndopinion!
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