48418Re: Ember and PPDH
- Jul 16, 2013Hi Lance
I had a similar situation with Sam. He had a hernia and his intestines and
part of his liver were pushing through the diaphragm into his chest cavity,
giving him breathing difficulties. It happened after an accident several
months before. We discussed surgery but Sam was 16 and had serious HCM and
kidney issues and he was very unlikely to survive surgery.
But Ember is only eleven and it is a much smaller hernia. I would have
opted for surgery in those circumstances. The surgery involves opening the
chest cavity and moving the contents back into the abdomen. During surgery the
cat is artificially ventilated and then the diaphragm stitched.
If her breathing is 60 bpm at rest that would suggest some degree of heart
struggling and the sitting up oddly (sphinx position) is also a bid to
breathe more easily. Has she seen a cardiologist to determine if her heart is
working properly. I would definitely have an ultrasound done first to
comfirm there is no heart disease and how serious the hernia is. It might be
possible the hernia isn't bothering her and she has had it all her life and
there is another issue which you would want to check first. Please have the
ultrasound with a cardiologist if she hasn't had one.
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