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16894Re: [FH] Re: cat w/ CHF

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  • William Draper
    Jul 5, 2004
      no doubt! if anyone in this group has any questions at all, please feel free to ask. i know that a FAQ full of medical information can be daunting at times. if you don't know where to start, please let me or someone else walk you though it slowly. DO NOT medicate you pet on your own. do not use dosing information from other animals as a guideline to how your vet is treating your animal. while there are standard doses for certain drugs, when combined they sometimes need to be "tweaked" a bit in order to function optimally. this is why we go to school (among other things). treatment regimens need to be determined on a case-by-case basis. if you give atenolol to a cat in CHF, you will definitely make it worse. if you give digitalis to a cat in asymptomatic HCF, you will likely progress the disease. animal disease pathophysiology progresses the same way as human. cats don't just have "heart disease". as a group we are here to help. if you want to contact me, and not notify the group, please feel free to do so. although i am not a doctor yet, i will still maintain the privacy of my "patients".

      dvm in 2005
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: turkishangoraathumanesociety
      To: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Monday, July 05, 2004 9:00 PM
      Subject: [FH] Re: cat w/ CHF

      Well, Sarah...unfortunately I received an email from a poster
      wanting exact dosage because THEY are on heart meds (atenolol), and
      thought that they'd just go ahead and dose it out to their cat. I
      don't know if this was to save on Cardiologist or what, but you step
      into VERY dangerous territory here. I have NO IDEA what type of
      heart failure this woman's cat is dealing with, and what is right for
      my cat, may KILL hers....And no, unfortunately I am not making this
      up (I WISH I was). I BEG the poster who is considering this to
      realize that meds are specific to what is going on with your
      particular cat....and there isn't just one general "heart failure"
      med. Very VERY dangerous. That's why I like to discuss types only,
      and they can take it up with the specialist. If anyone cares to
      elaborate on the beta blocker/Channel blocker/diff meds for different
      heart conditions thing, please do, for this person, because I am at a
      loss for words right now.

      --- In feline-heart@yahoogroups.com, "brinkett" <scrubbrush@r...>
      > I don't think Linda was criticizing you in particular, she was just
      > pointing out that information like "1/2 tab" is meaningless (and
      > potentially misleading) because pills come in different dosages.
      > it's best that people provide the dosages in numbers or not at
      > I have also felt frustrated in the past when seeing things
      like "1/2
      > tab lasix" because I like to be able to compare doses to what Morag
      > is taking and can't based on that type of information.
      > Sarah.

      > > I was giving a general idea of how Lillie's own condition is
      > > treated (TYPES of meds)...Only a Cardiologist can determine
      > dosages
      > > best for your pet...but thought Lillie's types could serve as a
      > > guidline for questions to ask the Cardiologist. If there is a
      > reason
      > > that you need to know the specific dosages for my particular cat,
      > I
      > > would gladly provide that if it somehow would help you...Just
      > ask..
      > > (nicely, of course) :)

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