14181Re: congestive heart failure w/hyperthyroidism
- Sep 5, 2003Hi,
I'm sorry to hear about Urchin.
Unfortunately I don't have any suggestions about helping Urchin eat -
I've not faced that problem yet. However, from reading other posts
here and on usenet, I think there's a good chance that he'll eat on
his own once he's through this crisis and hopefully veterans of the
HCM/CHF battle will have some helpful suggestions for you to get him
through this time.
I was just wondering how Urchin is being treated for his
hyperthyroidism and how often his T4 level is being monitored by the
vet. If he has been on medication for the year at a dosage that
works for him, then I would be surprised that he went into CHF due
to the hyperthyroidism. It would suggest that his hyperthyroid
condition isn't being managed correctly, in which case that needs to
be addressed in addition to addressing his heart condition.
--- In email@example.com, "jenmcgovern2001"
> Hi--I'm new. My name is Jen and I have a 16 yr old shorthair kittyvery
> named Urchin. He's been diagnosed for almost a year with
> hyperthyroidism and about a week ago he stopped eating and became
> lethargic. After several trips to emergency vets and my own vet wegiving
> discovered that he has congestive heart failure due to the
> hyperthyroid. We are treating with Lasix and atenolol and I'm
> him saline subcutaneously at home. He was dehydrated as well andthe
> IV drip that they did at the emergency vet's overloaded his lungs.support,
> We're still trying to ease his breathing.
> Basically I wondered if anyone could give me suggestions or
> particularly concerning his eating and lethargy. He will eat A/dif
> syringe fed but won't eat on his own, and I'm not sure that he'she's
> drinking at all except when I give it to him via syringe. Also,
> terribly lethargic and won't do much except change where he's lyingof
> down--goes to the other bedroom, living rm, litter box, back to my
> bedrm. Does anyone know if he could regain energy after this kind
> crisis? Do cats that stop eating restart spontaneously, or will Ihelp
> have to syringe feed him permanently? I guess I would just like to
> hear from anyone who's coped with CHF.
> Thanks for the list--I was so relieved to find it and read other
> posts. Treating my kitty by myself is so scary and I want to be
> optimistic, but it's difficult when he's so sick. Thanks for any
> or advice.
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