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534Re: [feline-heart] Digest Number 75

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  • Miguel &Linda Irrgang
    Jul 15, 2000
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      I know that I'm showing my ignorance but what is dig?

      gran_patti wrote:

      > Dear Pat P. (and princess) You asked if it was worth the stress to assess
      > her dig levels. What kind of stress are you talking about, the stress from
      > the trip to the vet? Or the stress of the needle stick? in my opinion, and
      > I am not a vet, I wonder if the open mouth breathing can be ignored? Is
      > there a way you can have her checked to rule out fluid in her pleural area?
      > Usually done by x-ray or ultrasound. What are her lab values describing the
      > elements in her blood? The needle stick itself could be done at home if you
      > could find a traveling vet or a vet tech would be less expense and have the
      > blood drawn at home. The xray or ultrasound to investigate the open mouthed
      > breathing (actually a vet with a stethoscope could get some kind of picture
      > of wheter her lungs were filling and expelling air) But these last options
      > would probably require travel to an offfice? In my experience, open mouthed
      > breathing comes to indicate pretty important information about how she is
      > doing. In my case also there were remissions in the open mouthed breathing.
      > What I have learned about dig is that if the levels are not monitored
      > carefully toxicity could become a reality. Overall considering the open
      > mouthed breathing episodes, being on dig, the agitation, it might be to her
      > best interests to get a little more information but I don't know what levels
      > of stress and its reactions you will be getting. You know her and can
      > better assess her tolerance for travel and xrays and blood sticks. Why
      > don't you ask your vet given these symptoms wshe is showing would a simple
      > blood test be enough to assess her condition? If so you might be able to
      > find a tec or nurse or someone who could come and draw the blood at home and
      > then you could rush it to the clinic for ananlysis. I guess , based on my
      > experience, that the open mouth breathing might be too important to overlook
      > Do you have an animal ememrbency clinic where you could call and ask them
      > their opinion about the breathing and they could ask you for enough details
      > to help you with a considered medical opinion. But I think you are right,
      > to have gone on "alert" . Please let me know how this all works out,
      > these are such familiar scenarios, and I truly want you to be able to help
      > her come through these developments. My very best good luck wishes and I
      > know that Lilli would be right in there saying go for it. Please keep me
      > in your loop. Love and hugs Patti and Angel Lilli the newest veteran of the
      > war of hearts. P.s. I forgot to mention do you know how to check her
      > "color" ? Look at the color of her tongue, gums , nose. They should be
      > pink if they are not pink but some grey, or white or dark purple or light
      > purple shade and these shades are not what she normally has representing a
      > change in her ability to oxygenate herself, your vet could help you decide
      > how to use your observation. Have you learned how to count her
      > respiration's? Count l for each time she draws her breath in, You can see
      > the rise and fall of her diaphragm. You need to know how many times she
      > does it in one minute. I used to count for l5 seconds and then multiply by
      > 4. Also the quality of each breath, does it appear that she is working hard
      > to get her chest to rise and fall or her diaphragm to suck air into her
      > lungs or expel it from them and is that different for her. That is
      > information to give your vet who can help you develop your approach. I
      > bought a stethoscope and learned to count the number of times I heard her
      > heart beat(again I counted for 15 seconds and then multiplied by four) Keep
      > a record so you'll learn what is normal for her so you can immediately
      > detect any deviation and can seek vet advice. Hang in there, This will all
      > become second nature to you and you will feel more secure(at least I did)
      > knowing you have the ability to detect early and develop an early warning
      > system with your vet. We love your Princess she sounds like ---- well,
      > like a Princess. and a very much loved one. good luck to you and we are
      > here if you need to talk-- I have learned how much it helps from my
      > experiences on this list It was a godsend for me. I hope I can help, like
      > I was helped. with love Patti and Angel Lilli
      > ----- Original Message -----
      > From: <PPerez5239@...>
      > To: <feline-heart@egroups.com>
      > Sent: Tuesday, July 11, 2000 3:54 PM
      > Subject: Re: [feline-heart] Digest Number 75
      >
      > > Dear Patti,
      > > I am very new to this list, and I've only posted a few times. Your tribute
      > to
      > > Lilli was so beautiful and from the " heart."
      > > My cat, Princess, started with some open mouth breathing yesterday. She
      > > hadn't done that since March. The vet wants to test her digioxin levels,
      > but
      > > I don't want to stress her out with the blood test. Does anyone know if
      > it's
      > > worth putting her through the trauma of the blood stick to increase the
      > > amount of digioxin she is receiving? She is much better today. She was
      > > getting agitated yesterday when it was time for her afternoon meds. It's
      > so
      > > sad. I can't even cradle her because she thinks I going to jam a pill or
      > > syringe done her throat. Thanks for your help. Pat Perez
      > > (Pat P.)
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