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44437Re: New Member--need input about possible heart issues

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  • acrocat@rocketmail.com
    Mar 5, 2012
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      Hi Julia

      Is it correct to say that the vet thought there was fluid in the lungs, but the radiologist thought it was asthma (same x-rays)?

      Cats with heart disease rarely cough. Rarely as in it's almost unheard of. So I'm concerned your kitty has asthma. You need to get an AeroKat asap and get scripts for albuterol and Flovent. I don't think anyone has proven that terbutaline can be absorbed transdermally, so it may or may not be in play here. Inhaled meds can definitely be used so I'd get on that ASAP, as in "today." As you know, any asthma attack can turn out to be life-threatening so there's no time to waste in starting treatment. Inhaled Flovent (a steroid) takes a bit of time to build up so the sooner you start, the better.

      I'm glad you're going to see a cardiologist. If your cat is cleared of HCM, please consider having them submit a blood sample to NC State for this ongoing study: http://www.cvm.ncsu.edu/vhc/csds/vcgl/felinecardiacresearch.html . "Normal" cats are hard to find for these studies, because they rarely have echos. Once your cat is cleared for HCM, your vet may want to put your cat on a short course of steroids while the Flovent kicks in.

      Good luck and keep us posted.


      --- In feline-heart@yahoogroups.com, "Julia" <jewybean71@...> wrote:
      > Hi everyone,
      > I have an almost 12-year old bengal cat named Dante'. He is an amazing cat, very energetic and playful and I love him. He is a CRF cat (I belong to that list) and he has had his renal values stable in the normal range for the last 4 years by eating Hill's dry k/d and g/d. He has a history of food allergies that I had discovered before I knew about the CRF, but when I learned of his CRF I had to take him off the hypoallergenic food and put him on the renal food--allergy symptoms came back. He has been having trouble breathing but his heart rate has been normal. I always have his blood pressure done at his annuals (which he just had) and it was lower than last year's (in normal range). He has been sneezing for quite some time (more than a year) and I just attributed that to food allergies. He seems to be having trouble swallowing. In January he woke me up from a sound sleep with a strange whistling sound that was very loud I had never heard before. Also he has had these breathing attacks that seem like he's coughing up a hairball. Now when he eats it seems like he has trouble breathing. I let the vet know about this stuff on Jan. 20 when I took him in for his annual. We did a chest x-ray and they did a brief ultrasound. There was fluid in the lungs so we gave him Lasix that day and the following monday I brought him in to get more lasix. The chest x-ray was read by a specialist who thinks that it's allergy induced asthma. He did say the pericardial silhouette was prominent but didn't see any evidence of cardiac decompensation. My vet is diagnosing him with asthma (I belong to that group now). I think my vet was also worried about cancer, but they're calling it asthma. All his bloodwork came back normal. People on other lists advised for me to join this one too as some people have had their cats misdiagnosed with asthma but it was really heart issues. My problem is, I know bengals have a predisposition to HCM. I am very concerned with whether I am on the right track and before he gets loaded up with meds I want to rule things out and make sure he gets a correct diagnosis. He is currently on terbutaline 2x day transdermally, he cannot be pilled. Honestly it doesn't seem to be doing much for him in my opinion. I do not know anything about heart issues in cats, just joined feline asthma group, I had also joined the feline cancer group. I am overwhelmed. Sorry this is so long, maybe someone can give me some insight? I'm stumped I don't know what to do and I love my cat and want to give him the best care I can.
      > Thank-you for your time,
      > Julia and Dante'
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