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38483RE: [FH] Just diagnosed with cardiomyopathy

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  • Judi Levens
    Jan 3, 2010
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      Hi Helen; please find a cardiologist in your area and take Toby to them...he needs to have an echo to determine the extent of heart disease he has and the type. Then medications can be addressed for him. This is not as terrible a diagnosis as it initially sounds, these cats can be treated successfully for many years in many cases without having serious problems. It is a progressive disease howeve, and he does need treatment. Most vets don't understand heart disease and how to treat it, so a cardiologist is strongly suggested (or an internal medicine specialist if there is no cardiologist available in your area. It is important that Toby get treatment quickly to save his leg and prevent further clots. There are lots of people on this blog who can share their stories with you, don't be discouraged, and the high cost of a cardiologist and echo will be offset quickly by the quality of advice they can provide. Good luck to you and Toby...Judi and Max

      To: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com
      From: sparklejunkey@...
      Date: Sun, 3 Jan 2010 09:31:04 +0000
      Subject: [FH] Just diagnosed with cardiomyopathy

      My 4 1/2 year old Toby suddenly started limping on his front left leg and meowing in pain last night. The ER vet said it is cardiomyopathy and he threw a clot. I could give him baby asprin, but it would be more for me that Toby. I took him into our usual clinic today and they agree but encouraged the asprin. I have an appt for Tuesday with a cardiologist.
      Tonight, Toby is still limping, the affect leg is still noticible cooler, and he has been sleeping all day, which is not normal. He is not meowing painfully anymore but it stll bothers him.
      Any help, suggestions, info, websites would be helpful. I only have a phone to access the Internet so researching is quite difficult.
      Also any ideas on how to cope with this would be good. My other kitty is 14 and diagnosed with renal failure less than 3 months ago. I am beyond devastated.

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