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- Nov 29, 2005Hi- accidentally found this list, and it's wonderful to know I [we]
I have an 11 yr. old neutered male stray, whom is likely almost a
full Maine Coon. AT 3 an xray showed a 'large' heart- but
At 8 he became very ill, and was diagnosed with triaditis-
pancreatitis, hepatitis & chronic inflammatory bowel disease.
This summer his thyroid levels rose- hyperthyroid. Back to
specialist for cardiac ultrasound. Mild cardiomyopathy.
However- he also has a chronic, unexplained pleural effusion. Needs
to be tapped every 4-6 weeks, as the amount of fluid becomes
Started him on Lasix 2 days ago, in the hopes that we can extend the
time span between chest taps. The pleural fluid appears like chyle-
but is negative on cytology.
This poor guy is on Lasix, Tapazole, Atenolol, Flagyl, Pepcid &
Prednisone. All are necessary meds for each condition. He is 14
lbs., evil, feisty, our 'child'.
He's been pretty stable- although it is a daily balancing act. Some
of the meds are on alternate days, or every 3rd day...
My heart is breaking. We have a GP vet, and an enormous 24 hr.
hospital filled with specialists [whom are now in charge of most of
his treatment]. We have actually tried to ask 'the question', and
been firmly told by all docs involved that none would consider
terminating his life- which was very relieving for us. We will do
what is best for our little guy, at all times. And we know the day
will come when either he collapses- or becomes so ill, we will have
to make 'the decision' in a split second.
So- that's our story.
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