Received a message from a cardiologist prof at UC Davis Vet School
thought I would post in case anyone else runs into the same issue. He
said that if a cat truly has mitral valve prolapse, not caused by
other heart condition (such as HCM), then acepromazine would be okay.
However, if a cat has HCM, it could, in theory, cause problems. I
my cat doesn't have HCM, but I don't know (and neither did the vet)
whether the mitral valve is damaged from another heart condition, so
I'm staying away from it. I really wish I had a cardiologist in my
area -- an internal med specialist diagnosed my cat and didn't give
too many details.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Hilary " <mukki2@y...> wrote:
> I don't have any cardiologists in my area, but I just emailed some
> UC Davis and elsewhere. Sometimes, I really wonder whether the vets
> talk to are really considering all of the factors. I would hate for
> cat to not "recover" from the acepromazine, especially since
> anesthesia brought on CHF in January.
> --- In email@example.com, "Jonathan Rosenberg" <jr40@r...>
> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > From: Hilary [mailto:mukki2@y...]
> > > Sent: Tuesday, August 01, 2000 6:51 PM
> > > To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> > > Subject: [feline-heart] anyone used acepromazine?
> > > My cat is supposed to go in for a check-up and, in order to
> > > the effect of stress on his heart, the vet gave us 10mg of
> > > acepromazine. Now, I've checked w/ 4 vets and each said that it
> > > "should be ok" for a cat w/ heart disease. However, on
> > > it says to "use w/ caution in patients w/ heart disease" (my
> > > enlarged left atrium w/ mitral valve regurgitation).
> > > Has anyone used this on your cats? Did your cat recover from it
> > > well? I'm worried and actually cancelled his appt. today
> > > this. I don't want to take him in w/o giving it to him, though,
> > > because of his stress levels (he's got a red dot marked on his
> > > at the vet!).
> > I don't know the answer, but I would be worried, also. Do you
> > animal cardiologist involved (so you could ask him/her)?
> > --
> > JR
> > & Tabby (RB), Licorice, Tigger, Lynx