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PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 3:36 am 
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Prednisone is the steroid used to treat Distal Polyneuropathy in felines.


The vet has him on Luekeran right now. She said the steroid shots have long term side effects (possibly diabetes?) and therefore should be used as a last resort. It seems as though quite a few people have had a positive response with them. I will give it one more week as he is completely miserable. If we don't see any improvements, I'm going to tell her we want the shots.

Thank you again for the comments. They have been so very helpful during this tough time. It's so hard to see such a sweet, innocent little guy suffer. Especially when he is such a love bug!

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Leukeran? is a chemotheraphy drug usually used for small cell cancers and IBD.

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My Daisy was on high dose oral steroids, for about 5 years to treat a tumour( plasmacytoma) and has blood checked regularly no sign of diabetes.

I would get your vet to contact Prof Danièlle Gunn-Moore in Edinburgh, regarding the neuropathy.

Montana was on oral steroids for her neuropathy and it worked really well too, an in a week there was a lot of improvement though it took a lot longer to get completely well.

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My Daisy was on high dose oral steroids, for about 5 years to treat a tumour( plasmacytoma) and has blood checked regularly no sign of diabetes.

I would get your vet to contact Prof Danièlle Gunn-Moore in Edinburgh, regarding the neuropathy.

Montana was on oral steroids for her neuropathy and it worked really well too, an in a week there was a lot of improvement though it took a lot longer to get completely well.


Thank you for providing the reference, I will certainly give her the information.

He's to the point where he can't sit up anymore and has to be carried to his food (which he's eating little of) and his litter box. I called the vet (who is gone for the weekend) and told her we want to start shots next week. At this point, it's necessary to take the risk.

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Why leukaran?

I think time for another vet, you don't want to wait too long.

Side effects of Leukaran
http://www.ehow.com/about_5399718_side- ... keran.html

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 3:41 am 
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Why leukaran?

I think time for another vet, you don't want to wait too long.

Side effects of Leukaran
http://www.ehow.com/about_5399718_side- ... keran.html


We took him to another one today. Left with Prednisone, oral tablets. Here's hoping!

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Good luck!!

Snowpoke was on prednisone as a kitten for a severe allergic reaction to a bug bite, and he suffered no real side effects from it, but he did get an eye infection since prednisone is an immunosuppressant. So that's something to watch out for, but aside from that I would say my lil guy had no problems from it and I hope it works well for Apollo too. <3

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We took him to another one today. Left with Prednisone, oral tablets. Here's hoping!


Good; that is the drug of choice for Distal Polyneuropathy.

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So far so good!

Friday afternoon Apollo couldn't sit up. I had to hold him in order for him to use the litter box.

Saturday morning, Apollo took about 4 steps! My husband and I almost cried. What a relief. Finally - some improvement.

Today, Tuesday, he walked an entire lap around the house. He's decided he loves eating again.

Thanks to this forum - looks like we've found the fix :) I can't believe we waited a month for the neurologist to try out different treatments. That being said, I'm glad this one is working!

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So glad there is some good news here! :D

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Oh you must be feeling wonderful OmNom (& Apollo too). I'm glad there's some improvement.

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Yay!!!! So happy the meds are working!!!!

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So glad that there's been some improvement....The other vet was either trying to make a fast buck out of you on the tests etc or not very knowledgable!! Good job you took the decision to get another!! I bet Apollo is happy, must have been very confusing for him. Good luck with it all xx

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Great news, prednisone works very quickly on this problem as it is an inflammation of the distal nerves and pred is an anti inflammatory. Some kittens/cats can have relapses from time to time but you just pop them back on the steroids. Youngsters usually grow out of it.

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He went back to where we started in about 4 days. He is still on 5mg of prednisone twice a day. Vet is hesitant to up the dose. Doesn't seem like there are too many alternatives.

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