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45214Re: [FH] Chili update

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  • Kathleen King
    May 22, 2012
      Hi Wendy,
      Since Lasix is a human medication you can check on the dosages available at your local pharmacy.  If they have a dose small enough for Chili - even if you had to split the pills in half, check the price.   It might be cheaper than at your vet.  My local pharmacy put my cats on their discount program.
      Kathy and the Kitty Kids

      From: Wendy <wthomp381@...>
      To: "feline-heart@yahoogroups.com" <feline-heart@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 12:13 PM
      Subject: Re: [FH] Chili update


      Yes, I'm planning to start treating the hyper-T.  Am on that forum to get advice prior to starting treatment.  I don't know if I mentioned that I lost two kitties last year--one to CRF in Dec. 2010 and one to lung cancer in March 2011 so this all kind of freaks me out.

      The vet seemed pleased, and surprised, today when I took Chili in.  She couldn't hear the heart murmur she'd heard before, and she took an x-ray to check for fluids.  She said the fluid level actually seemed less than right after she'd drained it 6 weeks ago.  I got a Rx for the benazepril after reading the positive feedback here.  And I definitely will be giving the Lasix 2x/day instead of once.

      One other question I have.  Although Chili and I seem to finally be getting the liquid Lasix down okay, it would be much easier if I have to have someone else do it occasionally to give him the tablets.  The vet's price was $94 + tax for 500 tablets (12.5 mg, which I'd split in two and give twice/day).  Does anyone know of a place where I might be able to get these in a lesser quantity or less expensive?

      Wendy & Chili

      From: Leo Wempu <leowempu@...>
      To: Wendy <wthomp381@...>
      Cc: "feline-heart@yahoogroups.com" <feline-heart@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 8:41 AM
      Subject: Re: [FH] Re: [almost] New Member Chili

      I was told (by a few ER vets) too that cats don't deal with heart disease as well as dogs do and they don't respond to medication as well, bla blaa... The cardiologist and the internist were much more helpful and definitely recommended treating. I'd rather believe them, since they actually deal with chronic disease all day every day.

      My kitty had severe heart disease and lived well for nine months after diagnosis (about a year from first symptoms, was misdiagnosed in the very beginning). Someone could say that's only months, I'd say months well worth it :-).

      He was on benazepril, which is a pretty standard heart medication. It lowers the bp somewhat. That would be good for your Chili. I'd still monitor the bp. You don't want it too high, but not too low either. I hope you are treating Chili's hyperthyroidism and monitoring the results? Hyperthyroidism comes with consequences to the heart.

      Henna & Angel Leo

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