> Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2011 20:26:00 +0000
> From: jettarodgers@...
> To: kellikitti@...
> Subject: Re: New to this..... advice would be greatly appreciated!
> I have a feline Tortie I adopted from a shelter that was diagnosed at 2 with HCM when the Dr. discovered a heart murmur. She is currently 9 years old and I have kept her well by giving her aetnol for the first 5 years. Two years ago when she was 7, I brought her to the animal emergency room because she was having difficulty breathing. They put her on oxygen and found she had fluid inside the lungs and outside. They were able to remove the fluid outside, changed her heart meds (and upped them) to benezeperil and put her on lasics. For the past 2 1/2 years she has been healthy with those meds and the quality of her life very good - she has been a very happy, active (indoor) cat, very attached to me and easy to give meds to. I swear she knows I am giving her something that helps her. Last night, she very suddenly began having difficulty breathing. I brought her to the emergency room and she has fluid inside of her lungs, which can only be removed by lasics. This is either a case where once again her meds need to be increased or her heart is failing. She is still in the hospital and I will talk to the Dr. in a couple of hours. Every day I have had with Maggie for the past 2 1/2 years has been a gift. I share this with you because there is always a chance that your cat can live a long time on these meds, which are not overly expensive. I have been giving Maggie medication twice a day for the past 7 years. It is easy to do and has been worth having her around. If I had to do it all over again I would pick Maggie from the shelter; she has been a huge blessing to me. I hope this information is helpful and wish you the best with Tigger.
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