46389Re: [FH] question re amoxicilin and heart disease/ re newly diagnosed cat
- Nov 17, 2012Hi Ruth,
Your vet making it sound like there is nothing to do for heart disease is the #1 reason you would see a cardiologist! A new vet is probably in order too, but one step at a time. An ultrasound will be done by the cardiologist to confirm and determine the type of heart disease. Once this is known the proper medications will be prescribed.
So many cats are not diagnosed until they are fighting for their life suffering heart failure. You have an opportunity to starts meds now, if in fact heart disease is confirmed. Please don't wait.
When you say the blood tests were fine, did you get a copy? If so please include them for the group to review along with the ranges given (each lab differs). The wobbly walking could be from low potassium, so double-check that value on the blood work.
One last thought just to throw out there.... how was the IBD confirmed? My Boo had horrible diarrhea for the longest time (prior to the heart disease diagnosis) and we found her B-12 level was almost non-existent. With B-12 injections over the course of several months we were able to get her B-12 back to normal and it has stayed there without any further supplement. Most importantly, her diarrhea has been long gone. It is a separate blood test so figured I'd mention it. May be worth having done to rule that cause out.
Laurie and Boo
--- On Sat, 11/17/12, Ruth C <ruthc.1000@...> wrote:
From: Ruth C <ruthc.1000@...>
Subject: [FH] question re amoxicilin and heart disease/ re newly diagnosed cat
Date: Saturday, November 17, 2012, 6:26 AM
no, she was not seen by any specialist.
she has been ill this week, they think with a urinary tract infection plus
her colitis worse, we cant settle her tummy lately. she was given
antibiotic injection for this, as usual, and the next day she had a funny
turn. looked like in pain or eyes looked funny, was shaking/trembling and
looked out of it, then she tried to walk but was wobbly and didnt get far,
adn then she just lay down very still for ages not moving and not
responding. so the vet came and took her for blood tests, the tests were
fine but when they listened to her heart they said there is a sound that
wasnt there before, 3 vets have heard it. adn that this means somthing is
wrong. the first vet called it a murmur. but when her own vet spoke to me
and heard it she said it is a gallup sound and that this means that
somthign is definately wrong. (to do with the valves not closing right time
or somthing?) as i know a murmur can be innocent but this sound was new to
the vets with my cat so they say somthign changed with her heart.
i am very worried.
the vet was not intending to do more tests i dotn think. and made it sound
like nothing they can do for heart disease much. she said they dont tend to
do very well. i am in the UK. i never heard of cats seeing a cardiologist
specialist . did not know there was that for cats.
she looks reasonably ok since, at the moment.
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