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26045Re: [FH] Opinions/Advise Requested

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  • Sue at MAGDRL
    Dec 4, 2006
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      Karen,

      You're right that it doesn't sound like a dramatic change but I agree that
      you should get her to the vet today. Your gut feeling tells you something
      is wrong and so it most likely is.

      Can you find an emergency clinic any closer?
      http://www.pets911.com/services/emergency/index.php



      Sue


      ----- Original Message -----
      From: <Made4PraiseKLD@...>
      To: <feline-heart@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Monday, December 04, 2006 7:54 AM
      Subject: [FH] Opinions/Advise Requested


      > My 18 year old HCM kitty, Smokey has been mostly asymptomatic since her
      > diagnosis in July. She is on Diltiazem, (7.5mg twice a day), baby
      aspirin, (1/2
      > tablet every 3rd day) and supplements (thanks Leah). Over the weekend I
      have
      > noticed a change in her. Nothing really severe, although I did call the
      > emergency clinic, which is over an hour away, and did speak with a vet.
      He was
      > very nice and said that unless I noticed any life threatening changes,
      that
      > he would recommend that I just watch her and take her to my vet on Monday
      to
      > save me the trip and the cost. I will call my vet when they open this
      morning
      > to schedule an appointment, and I thought that if I let y'all know what
      was
      > going on, I could get some advise/opinions on what might be happening and
      > have an idea on what to ask/talk with my vet about.
      >
      > Smokey still appears to be eating normally and the same amount that she
      > normally eats, it is mostly can, however I do leave a bowl of dry down
      just in
      > case she does eat all the can and wants something else before I get home
      from
      > work. Litter box habits haven't changed and everything appears normal
      there.
      > The changes I see are in her personality and walking. She has become
      more
      > "clingy" the last couple of days, always wanted to be with me, and even
      > laying on me. She normally wants to be around me, but now when I come
      into the
      > room that she is in, she is right there wanting me to pick her up and
      cuddle.
      > If I am sitting she is in my lap, if I am lying in bed, no matter which
      way
      > she is laying on me. The other is her walking. When she was diagnosed
      with
      > HCM it was due to a saddle thrombosis. Then when she walked she more or
      less
      > dragged her left leg, now she is not actually dragging it, however it
      looks
      > weaker than her right and it seems that when she walks, the leg collapses
      on
      > her. Also when she is standing or walking she is leaning towards the
      right.
      > This morning when I took her into the kitchen with me and let her walk
      she
      > wanted to be right next to a wall or something to lean on and if she
      couldn't
      > then she seemed to wobble and would then sit for a minute or so and then
      > continue on. I noticed no change in breathing. Yesterday her heart rate
      was in
      > the normal range, 136. I didn't take it this morning.
      >
      > So anything anyone can think of regarding this I would sure appreciate
      it.
      > My vet is very willing to listen to me and form a plan of treatment that
      is
      > best for Smokey.
      >
      > Karen, Smokey, Sebastian, Sabrina and Angel's Trixie and Wildfire.
      >
      >
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