My sweet Petuly has been with me for all of her 16 years and I'm
happy to report she's doing great. She seems more active, healthy
She was diagnosed with HCM 2 years ago and started taking Atenolol
in Feb 08. Her heart rate is normal now.
She also has CRF (for 6 years now) and a thyroid tumor. Thank God
she doesn't need fluids yet and has gained weight.
Last December we moved from the only home Petuly knew to another one
and her allergies seem to have vanished! I still don't know what
she was allergic to but it was clearly something in the old house. I
struggled with these allergies for almost 16 years! YEAH!
In mid-January 08 she was not looking very good to me. Her fur just
didn't look right at all and she was thinner yet was eating a lot. A
trip to the vet revealed an elevated heart rate and her kidneys were
Once I joined the CRF group I learned a lot and started to apply a
lot of what I'd learned. I think all the hours (more like weeks) I
spent reading the postings in the CRF and heart groups have
certainly paid off. I've learned a lot. The support groups have
educated me about these diseases so I can now be an active
participant in her health care needs. I no longer accept what the
vets say as gospel. Now I go prepared with questions and possible
treatments or dx's.
I wanted to thank all of the wonderful people in these groups who
have helped me deal with her heart and kidney issues.
Thelma, Petuly & Calistica