Hi ---- if heart disease is suspected, an echocardiogram done by a cardiologist is the ONLY way to tell the exact status. If he does have heart disease, the cardiologist can prescribe the correct meds. Regular vets just do not have the experience to do the best job for a kitty with heart disease. If Rainbow is accumulating fluid, there are drugs that you can give at home. In a real emergency, like over 40 breaths per minute resting, they can drain fluid manually and make it easier for your kitty to breathe. To properly handle both of Rainbo's problem together, you really need to see a cardiologist. Please keep us informed, we'll do everything we can to help you. Where do you live?
take care -- Michelle & Tigger Too in Toronto
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, March 31, 2012 5:23 PM
Subject: [FH] Introdue Rainbow Newly Dxed with CRF and Heart Murmurs Grade II - Advices Pls
I have a 15 1/2 year male kitty Rainbow recently, about a month ago, diagnosed with early stage CRF. His last lab comes back rather encourage, BUN comes down to normal, his cre and phos has been within the normal ranges, but diluted SG. I have been doing a lot research on understanding how to deal with CRF, and got better at that. My remaining concern of him is that he has a static (or systolic ?) murmur with grade 1 or 2, according to the vet we visited yesterday. I heard him coughing a few times and a couple of times in the night and once in the morning, and breathing with congestion-like sound as if having a cold, especally in the night when it's quiet, and sleep light and moving around a lot. Once he seemed out of breath trying fight out his brother after I got his brother off him. Though I never see him breath with his mouth open, and counted his breath rate is at 20/min while resting. I am concerned of fluild buildup due to the coughing, though the vet we visited yester day said that his breath noise sounds more like from up instead of lower part and she didn't hear the crackling (?) sound . We had x-ray done yesterday and the vet says there doesn't seem has fluid buildup and gave us some CoQ10.
I got the impression that Echo is the best way to tell what's going on though I have been taking him to vets for blood tests and back to blood pressure in the past month, which was 130, 110, 110, and 120, and was really stressful to him. What I wonder is what everyone here think whether it's an urgent matter to get an echo or something could wait for a month or so?
Also, anything I should watch out and keep a close eye on?
Thank you in advance for your advice and input!
[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]