TANYA'S

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FELINE CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE

 

   

TREATMENTS FOR GENERAL HEALTH ISSUES

 

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Home > Treatments > General Health Issues

 


Overview


  • CKD cats are still prone to normal feline health issues, such as fleas.

  • Since many CKD cats are older, they may also suffer from arthritis or cognitive dysfunction (kitty Alzheimers or senility).

  • This page discusses which treatments are the safest in light of the CKD diagnosis.

  • There is also a discussion about the pros and cons of vaccinating CKD cats.


Flea Treatments                                                                                                     Back to Page Index


 

Many flea treatments are fairly powerful, which makes using them on a sick cat a big decision. However, fleas can make a cat uncomfortable and a severe infestation may even cause anaemia, so the problem must be addressed. 

Illinois Department of Public Health has an overview of fleas and how to deal with them.

Mar Vista Vet gives the history of flea control products and an overview of them all.

Mar Vista Vet discusses flea control.

Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine has an overview of flea control.

 

Fleas: Natural Remedies  


Sometimes garlic added to food is recommended to control fleas, but since garlic is associated with Heinz body anaemia (see Which Foods to Feed), I would not follow this advice. Dr M Dryden of Kansas State University, associate professor of parasitology and a well-known flea researcher, states ""There is no data available to substantiate the efficacy and safety of herbal flea preventatives. There's been one study on the use of garlic as a flea preventative and it showed nothing."

 

Fleas: Over The Counter Products


Don't waste your money on over the counter treatments - they rarely work but may still have severe side effects. The US Environmental Protection Agency has investigated thousands of problems arising from the use of Hartz products, for example. In 2010 The US Environmental Protection Agency increased restrictions on flea and tick products in the USA and Canada.

 

In the UK, the International Cat Care reports that there have been hundreds of cases of cats being poisoned by permethrin-based flea treatments intended for dogs.  Never use a product containing permethrin on a cat.

 

Flea collars in particular are useless, plus they expose the cat to toxins 24/7 - not a good idea for a sick cat. Products containing essential oils should also be avoided - they are toxic to cats, who lack the pathways to metabolise them.

 

Fleas: Prescription Products


I suggest you obtain an effective treatment from the vet; if you do this, you can also take the added precaution of asking your vet if it is safe to use the product on your particular cat. The four most commonly recommended products are Frontline, Advantage, Revolution and Capstar. Use the weakest product you can that will do the trick. I have always used Frontline, and have found it very effective, but my cats only get fleas very occasionally so I have never needed to use any product on an ongoing basis.

 

The manufacturer of Revolution (known as Stronghold in the UK) specifically cautions against using Revolution (Stronghold) on sick cats. Bayer, the manufacturer of Advantage, offers a similar warning for its product. In Seizure disorders in dogs and cats, Dr RM Clemmons from The Neurology Service at the University of Florida's Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital mentions that Advantage and Program "appear to lower the seizure threshold and make seizure disorders more difficult to control", so I would not use them on a cat who has had a seizure or who is at risk of seizures.  

 

Capstar is given in pill form and is safe enough to give to very young kittens, so you could ask your vet if it might be suitable for your CKD cat. Unfortunately it only kills existing fleas, it does not act as a preventative.

 

In fact, you don't necessarily have to apply flea products directly on your CKD cat. If you have other, healthy companion animals, try applying the commercial preparation you choose only to the other family animals, and use a flea comb on all the animals every day, including the CKD cat; be sure to treat your carpets too with a cat-safe preparation, since the fleas will live in them and can re-infest your cat. Eventually you should find all the animals are free of fleas, even the CKD cat. I did this using Frontline, and we did get rid of the fleas, though we do not get fleas often anyway, only about every eighteen months (yes, despite having long-haired, indoor-outdoor cats!). Because of this, I do not treat my cats month in, month out, I only treat them when they actually have fleas; if you live in a relatively flea-free area, you may wish to consider this approach.

 

However you treat your cats, you should also treat the environment in order to get completely rid of the problem. University of Kentucky Entomology explains more about this. In the UK I have used Acclaim without any problems.

 

Veterinary Partner compares Revolution (Stronghold), Advantage and Frontline.

 


Arthritis Treatments                                                                                              Back to Page Index


 

Since CKD cats tend to be older, some of them also have arthritis. Below are a few possible treatment options, and information on treatments to avoid.

 

Harpsie's Website has additional information on treating arthritis.

 

Glucosamine and Chondroitin (Cosequin)


Treatments containing glucosamine and chondroitin, such as Cosequin, are usually safe for CKD cats; I found Cosequin did help Harpsie's arthritis to some extent, although according to The Mayo Clinic, it has been known to raise blood pressure temporarily in some human patients, and some patients have developed proteinuria. The increase in blood pressure may be because some of these products have a sodium base.  Be careful about using such products in a CKD cat and try to obtain a product without a sodium base if possible.

 

Adequan


Some people have also had success with Adequan, which is an injectible treatment, although this is a relatively new treatment for cats (it is actually only approved for dogs) and many vets will not be familiar with using it in this way. Mar Vista Vet reports that when large doses were given to dogs, the dogs developed large kidneys. They therefore recommend being cautious when using Adequan in patients with CKD.

 

Meloxicam (Metacam)


Meloxicam (Metacam) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) available in both injectible and liquid (oral) form. It is not recommended for CKD cats because it may cause kidney injury. You can read more about it on the Antibiotics and Painkillers page.

 

Acupuncture


Longer-term, we had extraordinary success treating Harpsie's arthritis with acupuncture. There is more information on acupuncture on the Holistic Treatments page. Harpsie's Website has additional information on treating arthritis, including more about his acupuncture sessions.

 

Heat Pads


Heat pads are a good idea for arthritic cats, particularly in cold or damp weather. A heat pad is a small flat heated pad with a fleecy cover - it looks like a little flat cat-sized bed. You just plug the heat pad into the mains and then the pad stays at the chosen temperature constantly, unlike a hot water bottle. You must of course keep an eye on your cat while he or she is using this since it is electrical equipment, but certainly we never had any problems with overheating, and Harpsie used his almost constantly in winter.

 

Drs Foster and Smith sell a number of heated beds in the USA.

Boots in UK sells a heat pad for 20.95 - this is similar to the one we used for Thomas when he had anaemia.

 


Cognitive Dysfunction (Senility or Feline Alzheimers)                                Back to Page Index


 

Howling, especially at night, is quite common in CKD cats. There are a number of possible causes, see Index of Symptoms and Treatments.

 

Unfortunately this may sometimes be a symptom of an old-age related problem known as cognitive dysfunction (sometimes referred to as feline Alzheimers). My vet told me that sometimes old cats wake up and feel a little confused, are not sure where they are, so they howl for reassurance; once they hear your voice, they feel comforted and will usually stop howling. Certainly both Tanya and Thomas were night howlers with no obvious reason for it (apart, in Thomas's case, from a keen desire to go outside at all hours!), and if we spoke to them they usually stopped.

 

American Association of Feline Practitioners Senior Care Guidelines (2008) has some information about cognitive dysfunction on p17.

Cognitive dysfunction in cats: clinical assessment and management (2010) is a presentation by Dr DA Gunn-Moore to the 2010 Nestle Purina Companion Animal Nutrition Summit which discusses cognitive dysfunction in cats (go to page 104).

Geriatric cats and cognitive dysfunction syndrome (2008) Gunn-Moore DA, is a presentation to the 33rd World Small Animal Veterinary Association Congress about the diagnosis and treatment of cognitive dysfunction in cats.

International Cat Care has some information about senility in cats.

Pet Place has an overview of cognitive dysfunction.

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine discusses cognitive dysfunction.

 

Cognitive Dysfunction Treatments


 

Vitamin B12 (Methylcobalamin)


In humans, a lack of Vitamin B12 has been associated with cognitive dysfunction. Supplementing Vitamin B12 in the form of methylcobalamin is therefore worth considering.

 

Aktivait


Aktivait, a nutraceutical containing essential fatty acids and antioxidants, has been found in one trial to help dogs with cognitive dysfunction. I have heard from one vet who has also found it helpful in cats with this condition. A couple of people on Tanya's CKD Support Group have found it helpful too.

 

Vetscriptions in the UK sells Aktivait and will ship to other countries. Make sure you buy the feline version, the canine version contains alpha lipoic acid, which is toxic to cats.

Vet on the Web has an article by Sarah Heath, a veterinary behaviourist, who explains more about cognitive dysfunction and the use of Aktivait.

 

Selegiline (Anipryl)


A drug called selegeline or selegiline (Anipryl) is sometimes used to treat cognitive dysfunction in dogs, but the treatment is still experimental in cats, and may be contraindicated for cats with CKD.

 

Mar Vista Vet has some information on the use of selegiline in animals.  

Pet Place also has information about selegiline use in animals (no need to register to read the article, just click on Close at the bottom of the irritating pop-up).

The Cat Site talks about the experiences of one cat who participated in a study into the use of selegiline in cats.

 

Novifit


Novifit is another product which is intended to help with cognitive dysfunction. It contains S-AdenosylMethionine (SAMe), an antioxidant which is also used to treat cats with liver disease.

 


Vaccinations                                                                                                        Back to Page Index


 

The caution details on a feline vaccine packet state that the vaccine is for administration to healthy cats only. CKD cats are by definition not healthy, so I would not recommend vaccinations. Once Thomas had been diagnosed, my vet said she did not recommend giving him vaccinations, so we stopped. 

If you are in the USA, the American Association of Feline Practitioners now recommends that the standard FVRCP vaccination only needs to be given every three years; so if your cat has been vaccinated in the last three years, you probably do not have any decision to make. This does not apply to Europe, Australia or New Zealand, where normally different vaccines are used which are only valid for a year.

 

As far as rabies is concerned, although a few US states only require the rabies vaccine to be given every three years, in others you may be required by law to have your cat vaccinated against rabies annually. In these states, you may be able to obtain an exemption if your vet confirms your cat should not be vaccinated for health reasons. The American Veterinary Medical Association has a form available which your vet can fill in and send to the relevant authorities.

 

Choosing not to vaccinate in the UK can be problematic if your cat ever goes to a cattery, because catteries usually insist upon vaccinations. I asked my vet to write a letter to say vaccinations were not appropriate for Harpsie, and the cattery accepted this and allowed Harpsie to stay without recent vaccinations.

Of course, you may not be so much concerned about meeting legal requirements as anxious that your cat should have some protection against the diseases in question, particularly since s/he will be making regular visits to the vet, and may be exposed to illnesses there which could be of concern in view of the weakened immune status of a CKD cat. Most cats who have received vaccinations in the past will have some degree of residual benefit anyway, but if you are particularly concerned, you could have their vaccine titres checked (blood is taken and sent away to a specialist laboratory) to see how much protection they still have; although it should be remembered that titres only show a level of antibodies, and it is not always easy to know what level of antibodies can provide sufficient protection from a practical perspective. I suggest you discuss with your vet the best approach for your particular cat.

 

Colorado State University is currently working on a new test which will determine whether a cat needs to be vaccinated or whether previous vaccinations are still offering protection.

 

There is some research that indicates a very tentative link between standard vaccinations and the development of CKD; please see the Causes of CKD page for more information on this and about the recommendation that intranasal vaccines be used where possible.

 

Feline vaccine side effects (2012) is a presentation by Dr Lappin to the 84th Western Veterinary Conference, in which he states that core vaccines should continue to be given to healthy cats in accordance with the AAFP guidelines mentioned above. 

The vexing vaccine issue: controversy, confusion continue to surround vaccination guidelines (September 2004) is an article in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

American Veterinary Medical Association discusses the benefits and risks of vaccination.

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine also discusses the benefits and risks of vaccination.

Feline vaccination protocols (2002) is a paper presented by Dr Richard Ford to the WSAVA Congress 2002 which mentions the risk of using rabies vaccines containing adjuvants, which have been associated with a particular form of cancer.

Pet Place discusses which vaccine to choose.

Heska has information about its intranasal vaccines.

Current thoughts on FVRCP vaccination and kidney disease (2005) Lappin MR explains more about Dr Lappin's findings.

 

 

 

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This page last updated: 05 December 2013

Links on this page last checked: 12 April 2012

 

 

 

The group is hosted on yahoo!groups, part of yahoo. It has its own address separate from Tanya's website. You can either click here or copy and paste this link into your browser:

 

http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/tanyas-ckd-support/

 

If you are already familiar with yahoo!groups, just click on the link and apply to join (and don't forget to complete the short questionnaire you'll be sent), but if you'd like to know more about how the group works, read on.

 

I own and run the group, but I am ably assisted by two moderators, Anne V and Anne A. They help with membership queries, approve messages, and do lots of boring admin stuff behind the scenes to help the group run smoothly for the members.

 

The group has various sections, including a photos section and a realtime chat function but for most people the most important part of the group is its message section. Basically, a member who wants support, vet recommendations, or to hear how others are coping with a particular problem, sends a message to the rest of the group. Other members then respond if they can. All messages sent to the group are stored in a message archive which members can search if they wish.

 

The group is private, i.e. messages sent to it are only visible to members, so people are not posting to the internet at large. The names of group members are also private, so nobody will know you are a member unless you choose to send messages to the group.

 


Joining the Group                                                                                                                        Back to Page Index


 

There are two ways to join the group, via the group's website or via e-mail:

 

How to Join the Group via E-mail


Just send an e-mail to

tanyas-ckd-support-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

You should then receive an e-mail in response asking you to confirm that you definitely want to join the group. Just click Reply and send.

 

If you join the group via e-mail, you will be able to send and receive e-mails to the group, but you will not be able to access the group website and read the message archives or look at the photos. If you wish to do that, you will need to set up a yahoo! ID by visiting the group website.

 

How to Join the Group via the Web


You can visit the group's homepage and follow the instructions. If you do this, yahoo!groups will help you set up your yahoo! ID, which gives you access to the group message archive etc. A yahoo! ID is not the same thing as an e-mail address.

 

Here are the steps to follow. Don't worry, this all sounds far worse than it is! You should find that in practice it all works more smoothly than it sounds when you're trying to explain it in writing:

 

Existing yahoo! ID

  1. Go to the group website: http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/tanyas-ckd-support/

  2. Click on the Join this Group button and you'll be taken to a Sign In to Yahoo! page.

  3. Sign in and link Tanya's Support Group to your existing account.

  4. Choose the e-mail address you wish to use for the group (see below).

  5. There is a little box for you to tell me why you would like to join the group. You don't need to be inventive or fancy, it's not a competition, it's just an extra check by yahoo!groups to keep spammers out.

  6. Choose your message delivery options (see below).

  7. Scroll down and click on the blue Join button at the bottom right of the page.

New yahoo! ID

  1. Go to the group website: http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/tanyas-ckd-support/

  2. Click on the Join this Group button and you'll be taken to a Sign In to Yahoo! page.

  3. Scroll down a little and click on the Create New Account button.

  4. On the next page you can create your new account. Some people are somewhat inventive in their responses, but in such cases it is important to remember what responses have been given in case the information is needed later to access the account. I can't see any of this stuff, it's entirely private between you and yahoo!groups, so I cannot help in case of later queries. 

  5. Once the account is successfully set up, you'll be taken to a Congratulations! page.

  6. Before you click on the Continue button on the Congratulations! page, untick the box that makes yahoo! your homepage (unless that is what you want).

  7. Also click on the Edit Marketing Preferences link below the Continue button. This takes you to another page where they helpfully opt you in to everything, so go through and set it as you wish.

  8. Then on the same separate page click on Account Info at the top of the page. You will be asked for your password again and taken to the Account Info page. Click on Profile and opt out of the various choices as you wish. The key thing is, you do have choices here, you can make things as public or private as you wish.

  9. Now click on the Continue button on the original page. You will be taken back to the group page to choose your membership settings.

  10. Choose the e-mail address you wish to use for the group (see below).

  11. There is a little box for you to tell me why you would like to join the group. You don't need to be inventive or fancy, it's not a competition, it's just an extra check by yahoo!groups to keep spammers out.

  12. Choose your message delivery options (see below).

  13. Scroll down and click on the blue Join button at the bottom right of the page.


Membership Settings                                                                                          Back to Page Index


 

There are various choices you need to make regarding your membership of the group. The most important are which e-mail address to use, and which way you read messages sent to the group by group members.

 

Membership Settings: Your E-mail Address


You need to decide which e-mail address you wish to use for the group. If you have created a yahoo! ID, yahoo!groups will normally have also set up a free yahoo! e-mail account for you based on your new yahoo ID. You can use this e-mail address to access the group if you wish, but it's not essential, you can use any e-mail address you wish. Since yahoo! is now scanning messages for advertising purposes (similar to gmail), I would recommend not using yahoo! e-mail if possible (though it would probably be better than using your work address for private stuff).

 

If you do not want to use your free yahoo! e-mail address, click on Add e-mail address to add a different one. Be aware, if you don't add a new address here, yahoo! will use the yahoo! e-mail address as a default address. So if you don't receive the membership questionnaire, it may well be because it's gone to your new yahoo! e-mail address.

 

If you ever wish to change the e-mail address you are using for the group, you can do that here:

http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/tanyas-ckd-support/join

 

Membership Settings: Message Delivery


This sets up how you will access messages that are sent to the group.

 

This is a pretty active group. If you're looking after your CKD cat, you want support but you probably don't want a full inbox all the time. To help you manage this issue, you have three options for messages, and you can switch between them all as you wish:

  1. Individual E-mails

  2. Daily Digest

  3. Web Only (No e-mail)

Individual E-mails


This is the default setting. If you apply to join the group via e-mail, you will end up with this setting. If you apply to join the group via the group's webpage, if you don't choose one of the other settings, this is the one you will end up with.

 

This setting means that as soon as somebody sends a message to the group, it is sent directly to your inbox. It's a good choice if you might want to know immediately if somebody has responded to you, or if you would like to store some of the group messages for your reference. It's also good for being able to quickly delete messages which don't interest you.

 

The downside is that this is a busy group, averaging 50-100 group messages each day, so your inbox can quickly get full. One solution is to create a folder to use for group messages. All messages sent to the group have a tag in the subject line [tanya-crf] so you can filter all messages from the group to a new folder using this tag if you wish.

 

With both individual e-mail and message digest options, you can also choose the format of messages sent to you (Display Format), either Fully Featured (html, pretty colours etc.) or Traditional (plain text).

 

Message Digest


This means that you receive e-mails from the group, but yahoo!groups waits until there are about 25 messages available and sends them to you all in one go. With this option, you would therefore only receive 2-4 e-mails a day from the group, but it means you have to wait for responses (though you can still check on the group website for messages) and it can be more difficult to find what you are looking for within each digest.

 

With both individual e-mail and message digest options, you can also choose the format of messages sent to you (Display Format), either Fully Featured (html, pretty colours etc.) or Traditional (plain text).

 

Web Only (No Mail)


This means that you receive no messages at all from the group. This is a wise choice if you are using a work e-mail address, or if you cannot cope with the group's message volume. With this system you simply go to the group's website and read the messages that interest you there. Even if this is not your usual choice, it can be helpful to use this option if you are going on holiday.

 

So make your choices, then click the Join button at the bottom right of the page.

 


Important: Membership Questionnaire                                                           Back to Page Index


OK, so you've successfully applied to join the group. However, there is one more thing you need to do in order to join. I want to protect the group members from spammers, so whichever way you apply to join the group, you will receive a short questionnaire asking:

  1. Your first name

  2. The country where you live

  3. Your CKD cat's name and age

You need to respond to this before your membership will be approved.

 

Please don't worry about saying "the right thing." This is not a test to see if you are "good enough" for the group, everybody is welcome here, whoever they are or wherever they come from, as long as they want to help their cat. This questionnaire is basically just to reassure us that you are a real person applying to join rather than somebody trying to sell stuff and spam the group, but it also enables us to tailor our responses to your group messages e.g. if we moderators know where you live, we will not suggest treatments not available there.

 

Please note, only the two Annes and I can see your responses to these questions. The group will not know anything about you unless you choose to introduce yourself.

 

Once you respond to the questionnaire, your membership application should be approved very quickly (most people are approved within two hours or less).

 

Occasionally the questionnaire goes missing. You think we haven't sent it, and we think you haven't responded! If we haven't heard from you five days after you apply to join, we will send you a reminder. Unfortunately, we can only use the address you've used to sign up for the group, so if you've accidentally used your new yahoo e-mail address without realising it (see above), you won't see either the questionnaire or our reminder. If you don't hear from us, please simply write to us at tanyas-ckd-support-owner@yahoogroups.com and let us know. Please respond to the three questions in your response and we will either approve you (if your membership is pending) or send you a personal invitation to join the group (if your membership application has disappeared into a black hole).

 


Messages                                                                                                                                          Back to Page Index


 

Message Options: Sending Messages


You don't have to post, you can just lurk if you prefer.

 

If you wish to change the name that appears on messages you send to the group, Yahoo! explains how you can do that.

 

Starting a Thread


  1. You can simply send an e-mail to ask your question by sending it to tanyas-ckd-support@yahoogroups.com.

  2. You can go to the group website, click on Post Message in the sidebar on the left, and then write your message there.

Replying to an Existing Message


Messages sent in response to another message on the group also go directly to the group, not to the individual to whom you are replying. Therefore if you wish to respond to a message somebody else has sent, you can simply click reply on your e-mail programme. If you reply via the group website, you can click on the message in the group archives, then click reply which is top left above the message.

 

If you're changing the subject, or replying to a Digest (which have the subject line of Digest No. xxx), please change the subject line appropriately to something more meaningful. And please remove everything except that to which you are replying.

 

If you wish to reply privately to somebody, you will need to press reply, then delete the group e-mail address and paste their personal e-mail address into the To: line if you are using e-mail. If you are replying via the group website, you will see a little envelope over on the right under the person's name. If you click on that, your message will go to that person.

 

Message Content


You are welcome to discuss anything relating to care of your CKD cat. We do have a few guidelines we ask people to follow though:

  1. Please do not refer to vets or vet clinics by name for legal reasons. Just say "my vet" or "Dr J".

  2. Please do not ask for money or other donations.

  3. Since this is a very busy group, we ask that condolences are sent privately to the bereaved group member. Certain other messages should also be sent privately e.g. short "me too" messages, off topic posts etc.

  4. Please trim your posts.

Moderation of Messages


When you first join the group, your messages will be moderated for a short while. This means that they will not reach the group immediately, but will first be read and approved by one of the moderators. We do this to ensure that:

  1. you are not a spammer;

  2. you are keeping to other group guidelines (e.g. not naming your vet publicly);

  3. you are trimming your messages appropriately.

If you comply with the group guidelines sent to you when you join the group, you will be taken off moderation quickly. The main reason people stay on moderation is because they do not trim their posts. So please read up on this in the group guidelines. If you get stuck, just ask for help.

 


Leaving the Group                                                                                                Back to Page Index


 

Some people decide to leave the group. Their cat may have died, or they may find the message volume is too much, or they simply decide it's not the place for them. Leaving is fine, but if you're thinking of leaving simply because you cannot cope with message volume, please consider changing your message options first, such as by going no mail. This means your inbox will not be full, but you can still reach out for support quickly when you need it.

 

If you are leaving because your cat has died, please consider joining our sister group, Tanya's Feline Loss Support:

http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/tanyas-feline-loss/

 


Conclusion                                                                                                            Back to Page Index


I do hope you've decided to join Tanya's CKD Support Group! It can give you support, it can give you hope. It can make you smile too - where else would people share your thrill at hearing that your constipated cat has pooped? (Believe me, when you've been dealing with CKD for a while, things like this are real triumphs which can absolutely make your day).

 

I personally read every message sent to the group. I don't respond to every post (my priority is running this website) but I do keep an eye on things and post occasionally if I can add to what has already been said.

 


Group Quick Links                                                                                               Back to Page Index


Some of these only work if you are already a member of the group.

 

Weblinks


Group homepage:                                                 http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/tanyas-ckd-support/

Managing your membership options:                  http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/tanyas-ckd-support/join

Messages archive                                                 http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/tanyas-ckd-support/messages

 

E-mail Addresses


Sending a message to the group via e-mail:        tanyas-ckd-support@yahoogroups.com

Group owner e-mail address:                                 tanyas-ckd-support-owner@yahoogroups.com

Joining the group via e-mail:                                   tanyas-ckd-support-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Leaving the group via e-mail:                                  tanyas-ckd-support-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com