Kramer has hpertrophic Cardiomyopathy with history of CHF (sub q's given with unknow heart disease.
He is now a kidney cat on subq's. So far resting respirations are same. 20-24 and
he is taking great walks outside, even "trotting". We give nitro-bid
ointment: 1/8 inch in ear 1 hour prior to subq's. Vets would like toincrease sub q's for
kid. numbers and add Vetmedin when doing this. He is already on 1/4 of Benazapril
in am (1.25mg), along with epogen, COQ10, B complex, insulin, phospherous
bidner, miralax, pumpkin, methylcobalamin 500mcg, etc.
My main concern is that I am scared to death to add anything
more/new to his regime. Does anyone have any direct exprience with Vetmedin?
Is it safe? Side effects?
Below is my full lenght post to CRF board.
Thanks for any help.
Donna and KRamer.
We had Kramer's kidney labs checked after 8 days on fluid increase from
50ml 2xday to 75ml 2xday. He is seemingly pretty good: eating pretty good, even
"trotting" on our little walks. The numbers are a little better than week b4, but
not that great. The one vet said he would benefit from increading fluids, BUT he is a heart
cat and it is a very fine blancing act. There is talk of adding Vetmedin to his
existing 1.25mg Benazapril to help with the fluids. Waiting to hear back from cardiologist
regarding cxray. Local vet said she had to look VERY hard to find just a little
bit of fluid/cloudiness. His respirations have stayed the same, along with weight.
We are due to get u/s of pancreas/kidney's next week. I am very nervous to add
another new thing as he is already on a ton of new things. He has missed his
last two weeks plus worth of epogen shots as vet's supply was ruined and with the holiday
it took me awhile to get it. They want me to restart that as well,e ven though his pcv is much
better (on many missed doses). He also gets nitrobid ointment in ear 2xday to help
heart with fluids. Has anyone any knowledge or experience with vetmedin??
Thanks to all over the weeks for their help and kind words. The subq's are a breeze now :)
Idexx in vet's office:
1/4/13 (on 75ml 2 x day for 8 days) 12/27/12 (on 50ml 2xday)
BUN 92 (16-36) 122
Crea 7.4 (0.8-2.4) 8.8
Phos 7.5 (3.1-7.5) 13.6
PCV 29 % (no range-verbal numbres) 21 " "
TS 8 " " 8.4 " "
NO BP Done BP's: 146/122 (127), 161/122 (139), 154/70(106)
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