14182RE: [FH] congestive heart failure w/hyperthyroidism
- Sep 5, 2003Hi Jen,
Hope Urchin is on the road to recovery - proper diagnosis of heart issues is a big part of the battle. Has Urchin seen a cardiologist? It may take a little time for the meds to do their thing and/or to adjust the dosages for the right combo. My Maggie's CHF/RCM was well under control after an initial adjustment period (she also had CRF). I'd be *very* watchful about sub-qs for a kitty with CHF, as you've already said, fluids can build up in or around the lungs.
As for his eating problem, I heartily recommend this web site (created by a fellow member of the Feline Assisted Feeding group) - it is just full of ideas and information:
Sending good wishes to you and URchin,
From: jenmcgovern2001 [mailto:jenmcgovern2001@...]
Sent: Friday, September 05, 2003 12:36 AM
Subject: [FH] congestive heart failure w/hyperthyroidism
Hi--I'm new. My name is Jen and I have a 16 yr old shorthair kitty
named Urchin. He's been diagnosed for almost a year with
hyperthyroidism and about a week ago he stopped eating and became very
lethargic. After several trips to emergency vets and my own vet we
discovered that he has congestive heart failure due to the
hyperthyroid. We are treating with Lasix and atenolol and I'm giving
him saline subcutaneously at home. He was dehydrated as well and the
IV drip that they did at the emergency vet's overloaded his lungs.
We're still trying to ease his breathing.
Basically I wondered if anyone could give me suggestions or support,
particularly concerning his eating and lethargy. He will eat A/d if
syringe fed but won't eat on his own, and I'm not sure that he's
drinking at all except when I give it to him via syringe. Also, he's
terribly lethargic and won't do much except change where he's lying
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 of
crisis? Do cats that stop eating restart spontaneously, or will I
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 help
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