Great news about the cancer & kidneys!!
I've always found the term "congestive heart failure" (aka CHF) to be a bit
confusing, even though it's a perfect name for what's going on. It sounds
like a disease unto itself rather than a symptom of heart disease. Plus it
always sounds so ominous when often, it's fairly easy to treat. I've seen
plenty of other people have the same reaction.
Congestive heart failure occurs when there is fluid buildup in the chest or
lungs (the congestion) and there is enough fluid to put pressure on the
heart so it can't beat as well as it normally does (the failure). Once the
fluid is reduced or removed, the heart will resume beating as normally as it
was before the congestion occurred.
Chylous fluid is fluid that contains chyle - the fluid contained in lymph
nodes. When there is fluid building up outside the lungs (pleural
effusion), it usually contains chyle.
I know there have been other people on this list who have had to do assisted
feeding. There's also a Yahoo group just for that if you need more
information - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Feline-Assisted-Feeding/
----- Original Message -----
From: "palacieone" <palacie@...>
Sent: Wednesday, August 02, 2006 6:34 AM
Subject: [FH] Blaze's results from the IM vet
> Hi dear folks,
> Well, let's see....The vet called me to relay the following results
> from the blood test. She said that they were all pretty good and that
> even though Blaze had been off subq's for almost a week, due to the
> fluid buildup, her kidney values had not gone up from the previous test.
> Her creatinine was 3.6; I had been terribly worried about that so the
> number was a wonderful surprise! She said, too, that Blaze is slightly
> anemic...something about something which I didn't get was 25% and that
> 29% was low/normal. No meds for that for now....
> Also, no sign of cancer (thank God!). The fluid she sent for analysis
> had a "chylous component secondary to heart disease". She mentioned
> something about congestive heart failure which I'll have to ask her
> more about because I don't know if she meant that now Blaze's problem
> is that or the 'restrictive' one. She had me change from 1 per day
> dosing on the Norvasc to 2 times daily...same amount though. Lord, all
> these tiny amounts of pills are hard to split up correctly!
> Per my request to try spironolactone, she called in a prescription for
> that to my local Target pharmacy. She told me to cut back on the lasix
> to 1 per day and to give Blaze 1/8th of the 25 mg. spiro twice a day.
> Yes, in answer to someone's question (sorry I don't recall whom right
> now as I'm pretty worn out from all this stress), the vet did put her
> on 2-500 mg. tabs a day of rutin. Seems like a lot, I agree, but I did
> read on one website that one vet had put a kitty on 2500 mg. a day of
> rutin and that the chyle had gone away and never returned. Wow!!
> Blaze is still not eating on her own; we are still having to assist-
> feed her. It's funny; she seems to relish it, happily swallows it and
> even smacks her lips but she will not eat it by herself. Are any of you
> having to assist-feed your kitties? She does seem to feel better, walks
> around more and even let me put her on my lap last night, and stayed
> for quite awhile, for the first time since she's been so sick. She
> seemed to really enjoy having me pet her and scratch her in all her
> favorite places. That was wonderful!
> We have to take her back in Friday to see if the fluid has built up
> again. Of course, I'm praying that it hasn't (and doesn't before then).
> As usual, any more suggestions or thoughts will be dearly welcomed.