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  • Laurie Stead
    Jul 7, 2013
      I am sorry about Dash's dx but he can be stabilized and live a good happy life with the proper meds.  Every cat is different but I don't want you to lose hope.  My little girl was diagnosed after suffering heart failure and was given months at best.  She is still here with me 20mos later! 

      Work closely with your cardiologist and if you are not already, get used to taking Dash's resting respiratory rate. As an elevated one is signal of trouble.  As far as the lethargy you are seeing it will take some time for Dash's body to adjust to the meds.  I am not sure what led you to the diagnosis, but if it was traumatic that could also be reason for Dash's less than spunky behavior now.

      It is wonderful to hear you rescued Dash after 5 years at a shelter.  What a blessing for him to not only be rescued but to have your devotion to do what needs to be done to help him now.  There is a reason Dash picked you :)

      Keep us posted. 

      Laurie and Boo

      From: Joey <jlsrvt@...>
      To: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Sunday, July 7, 2013 6:38 PM
      Subject: [FH] New to the forum

      Hello everyone,

      I just wanted to take a minute to say hello. I have a handsome, 8 year old ginger kitty named Dash who was diagnosed with Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy last Tuesday. The cardiologist started him on Furosemide 6.25mg twice a day & Plavix 18.75mg once a day. We go for a recheck tomorrow.

      I've only had Dash about a year and a half. I adopted him from a no kill shelter, where he had lived for 5 years. I'd love for him to have some more time in a loving home; but I, of course, don't want him to suffer.

      The most difficult thing for me is seeing him so diminished physically. Ever since he's been with me he's been a graceful jumper, and was prone to a game of chase with the other cat. It's difficult to see him weak & lethargic, barely able to make it up on to the sofa. I'm hoping that as the cardiologist gets the right meds on board, and I allow him to rest, I'll see glimmers of the old Dashy cat shine through.

      I'm happy that I have found a group of people that understand the devotion I have to my cat.

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