34679Intro to myself and Moto
- Sep 30, 2008Hi everyone,
My name is Nichole and I'm the mom of Moto and his 4 kitty siblings.
Moto came in as a stray through a rescue group I volunteer with after
falling into a container of motor oil (hence the name Moto) in the
factory he used to call home. That was in 2004 and he was estimated
to be around 2 years old. So he is now around 6 years. Hes a very
handsome DLH black big boy!
We discovered early hypertrophic cardiomyopathy after an
echocardiogram I requested after losing my dog to CHF. No treatment
was recommended at the time by the cardiologist. Months later a heart
murmur was detected (2/6). Then over the next couple of months his
heart murmur went up to a 3/6. We followed up about 9 months from
his first echo and discovered his condition was progressing, he was
placed on Atenolol 6.25 mg BID to start for his elevated HR and an
obstruction was present when his HR elevated, I believe he also had
regurgitation. When the Atenolol 6.25 mg wasn't reducing his HR to a
more acceptable level we increased Atenolol to 12.5 mg BID, this was
too high of a dose for him, he experienced lethargy. So I reduced it
down to 12.5 mg in am and 6.25 mg in pm, and this dose has kept him
well controlled. I don't have the cardiologist or vet notes in front
of me so this time line may be a bit off... I believe that takes us
to recently in July/August 2008, he had a follow up echo and things
looked stable, his obstruction was no longer present because his HR
continued to be controlled. Even when stressed out during the echo
his HR only went up to 140 or there about. The cardiologist said he
doesn't need to be seen for another 9-12 months.
Moto has been on a diet for several months now because he is
overweight, I know not a good thing for a heart kitty :( He has
monthly weigh ins and is down to 16.5 pounds, he's lost 2 pounds
I am interested in learning about additional supplements that may
benefit Moto. He is among one of my special needs kitties, so they
all keep me nice and busy!
I look forward to meeting all of you and your kitties.
Nichole and Moto
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