Get ahead of Bobcat Fever
Bobcat Fever is a topic I've written on before. To a large extent, this column is just a rework of a column I wrote for The Lovely County Citizen back in November of 2006. I think it is very important to bring it up again as I have gotten several more email stories similar to the one in this column, already this year. I think we all know there is a bumper crop of ticks this year so take you feline pal (I have three) to your vet right away if you suspect Bobcat Fever but also know some people have helped their kitties survive even when the vet diagnosis Bobcat Fever and says there is no chance.
Our animal friends are our workers, friends, hunters, protectors, companions and are trusted deeply. For elders and the lonely, they can be life saving, often making the days easier. When our horses, dogs and cats become ill, the veterinarian is the first line of defense when the sickness is greater than what we can do for them at home. So it is heartbreaking when the vet diagnosis Bobcat Fever and little can be done to head off a swift death.
Cytauxzoonosis or Bobcat fever is tick borne. This is a nasty bug (a protozoon) living inside the tick that transfers during the tick bite. It doesnít matter that you have Frontlined your pal ĖĖ the tick transfers the bug and then dies, so it is difficult if not impossible to prevent. Can natural products do what antibiotics or antiprotozoal medicines canít?
I have no direct science to back up what Iím about to suggest. However, indirectly this nasty bug should be vulnerable to a supplement called monolaurin. I do have a story from a local women who lost a beloved cat to this disease and recognized the symptoms early on in a second much-loved kitty. Her diligent, loving and quick action says mountains of good things about her.
In her email to me she states, "I prepared 8 (eight) 300mg Monolaurin capsules opened into 2 ounces of cool water. I dosed him with 4-6 cc (via eyedropper into the mouth) and gave him another 4cc in one hourís time. For the rest of the day I opened 1 (one) capsule into 5cc of water every 1 to 2 hours until 1 in the morning. At 8 am the next morning his fever was gone, his ears cool, his eyes clear and light. I dosed him with 4cc/300mg anyway. His appetite had come back and he drank rainwater. I repeated the 4cc/150mg dosage at noon, 4pm and 8pm. Eventually, he was fighting me so hard that I decided he was well.Ē
Iíve edited her email just a little to publish but thought this needed to be shared.