Thank you for your responses, in my haste to get a message out to you I didn't supply the full story. Wowie has been pretty poorly over the past month and has spent a week at the Royal Veterinary College where she was diagnosed with a gallop rhythm and with being on the cusp of heart failure having hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Her kidneys were also very bad as were her calcium levels so she was on a very cautious IV and when she came home on a conservative subq treatement of 2x10ml per day - all under the advice of the RVC cardiologist.
Her fluid build up last week was in her lungs not around them, she is a long time asthma sufferer but this is supported by the use of flixatide and salbutamol using an inhaler which she tolerates well. A long of the potential heart meds are not contraindicative on her renal failure and could cause her to crash. Hence tha relative cautious dose of frusemide that she is on as well. I have read on here that the use of a diuretic called spironolactone can be used in conjunction with frusemide and works differently and more effectively at reducing fluids in the abdomen.
All of the treatment that she has been receiving for her heart has been decided upon in conjunction with my vet and the Royal Veterinary College and the specialists there, apparently recent developments have indicated that other heart meds are not effective when dealing with congestive heart failure, according to RVC, while they work on paper, they don't make a difference to the length or quality of life to the cat, and that reducing the fluid load with diuretics is the best support.
I'm not a vet and am just repeating what I've been told, please do contradict me. I guess that her renall failure is a real complicating factor.
Claire and Wowie
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