3997Re: [feline-heart] New member--Vicki & Augie
- Nov 1, 2001Vicky can I just make a comment. I love seeing the name Athena. That is my
precious sweet angel's name. We use to call her Thena. I still call her
name. Thanx for listening.
MJ & sweet angel Thena & 6
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Sent: Wednesday, October 31, 2001 6:01 PM
Subject: [feline-heart] New member--Vicki & Augie
> I have been reading posts to this list for the past 2 hours. So much
> helpful information, but I'm a bit overwhelmed.
> Augie is my sweet 12-year old Persian. He had a syncopic episode
> last week in the middle of the night where he stopped breathing
> (after a few very alarming meows). It lasted about 2 minutes and
> then he revived . . . the vet wanted to see him in the morning and
> did x-rays and blood tests. Heart was a bit enlarged. Blood work
> was all normal except for one elevated reading which indicated an
> allergic reaction. Vet said it was either feline asthma or heart
> problems. Kept Augie over the weekend and treated him with
> corticosteriods. He appeared to be fine and I took him home Monday.
> Early this a.m. I found him listless with very labored breathing
> (dyspnea) and rapid breathing (tachypnea). His breathing also seemed
> raspy . . . my guess was fluid in his lungs. I don't know how long
> he had been this way. Took him back to the vet who said he was in
> congestive heart failure (which I understand can "cause just enough
> extra work for the heart to push a weak heart into failure". X-rays
> showed fluid in his lungs and around them (pleural effusion). He
> treated him with an injection of Lasix which had him breathing more
> comfortably late this afternoon when last I heard from the vet.
> The Vet has not suggested draining the fluid . . . is this something
> I should ask him about?
> It looks like if Augie pulls through, he does stand a chance of
> living a decent life for a few months to possibly years on heart meds
> (such as Lasix, enalapril). I've been reading about the herbal
> remedies (dandelion, rutin). Is there any advice that anyone would
> like to offer at this point?
> I've found this discussion list to be a GREAT resource and have
> visited MANY of the websites recommended in your posts. It has
> helped a great deal already!!
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