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4500Re: [feline-heart] Heart Disease & sub-Q fluids

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  • JettawayFCRs@aol.com
    Jan 1, 2002
      I would be very concerned about giving fluids to a cat with heart disease.
      My own vet gave my sweet Quincy fluids, twice, even tho I told them he had
      previously been diagnosed with a heart murmur by my previous vet. Three
      different vets at my clinic listened and did not hear it. Looking back, they
      did not take much time to listen, either. In fact, one said later, he was
      purring so loud, she could not hear anything-but at the time, she said he did
      NOT have a murmur. Turns out his murmur was at least a grade 4, which is
      pretty easy to hear. At the time, Quincy had been sick, with classic
      symptoms of a heart problem, altho I myself did not know that at the time,
      including a blood clot in his leg (which the vet said was a sprained knee),
      and the vet thought, altho he was not very dehydrated, fluids might make him
      feel better. I knew from reading emails lists that that was not a good idea
      if a heart problem was present. So, I warned them about the murmur, and they
      ignored me. The second time they gave him fluids, and an enema, he went into
      congestive heart failure, which the cardiologist we were FINALLY sent to,
      said was caused by the fluids. Quincy's suffering and eventual death could
      have been prevented, had my vets seen that his symptoms added up to a heart
      problem, and had they referred us to a specialist a week or two sooner. By
      the time we got to one, they said he was not in too bad of shape and would
      recover, but he was too weak from fighting to stay alive without eating for
      so long. His illness and death still haunts me as I know he suffered
      needlessly. At the vet school where Quincy was finally treated, they said
      fluids need to be given very carefully, and they do them as an IV drip, where
      about 1 drop at a time goes in, and the cat is monitored carefully. I would
      not give fluids to a cat with a heart condition, unless a cardiologist was
      consulted.

      Heidi
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