Thanks for your help about Muggley
- Hi everyone, and thank you soooo much for your advice and kind words.
I'll try to answer everyone's questions...
>I don't profess to know too much about heart disease, particularlyMuggley's complicated case, but I do find it a little strange that the
vets don't want to treat *any* of Muggley's conditions. I accept it is
a balancing act, but if Muggley is not acting too well, I would have
thought maybe the stage has been reached to start treating
*something*. If they really think his
prognosis might be as short as two weeks, just when do they plan to
treating him exactly?
I must admit that I thought it was strange that his heart was so bad
and he wasn't getting any treatment for it. I think the problem is
that his lungs are *so* bad, they're more of a danger than the heart.
The vets did mention that, if his breathing stabilises, and *then* I
notice, say, that he's getting fluid on his lungs due to heart
failure, there *are* things they can give (though I would have thought
that by the time things are *that* bad, there wouldn't be much they
They seem to be scared to treat him because it might tip him over the
edge - I think they just want to give him as much time at home with me
as possible. I asked whether he'd need to eat one of special 'heart
diets' from now on, and they said no - they're not very palatable, and
he probably wouldn't eat them. They said let him eat whatever he
wants, however unhealthy it is. That made me think that he really
can't have much time left.
And I'll check out your website - thanks!
Re the Baytril - that's because they suspected that he might have a
pretty serious bacterial infection in his lungs, and they knew he
wouldn't have a chance if they didn't blitz it. He's on a low dose (I
think) - 25mg twice daily, but he'll be on it for the rest of his
Re the Prednisolone [Jonathan and Cynthia, I think?] - that's in case
there's an inflammatory/asthmatic component to his breathing problems.
He was diagnosed with feline asthma a few years ago. We're not sure
whether that was a misdiagnosis, or whether it was brought on by the
As for getting him to take the Bricanyl syrup, and the Panacur
suspension - it's a nightmare - I don't think I got *any* into him
this morning, and it stresses him, which worries me. He won't swallow,
and just sits there with strings of drool and medicine hanging out of
his mouth - poor thing, it's awful to see. He has to take 3ml of the
syrup each dose, which I think is too much to put into a gel capsule.
I'm going to phone my local vet to see whether either of the meds are
available in tablet form, but I'm not very hopeful.
>I don't know about all the conditions you listed but recognize some.My
kitty Lucie had HCM (hypertropic cardiomyopathy/enlarged left
high blood pressure and plural effusion when she was diagnosed with
disease (in addition to the chronic kidney failure). She was put on
Diltiazem which made her into a new cat. It lowered the blood
stopped the progress of the hcm. She initially got lasix to clear the
effusion. I found that Dandelion extract was helpful to prevent
of the fluid build up over a period of several months. During her
month, she got Spironolactone which is a gentle diuretic. She lived 7
with hcm and advanced crf.
Thanks for your comments about heart drugs. I noticed from Muggley's
report that he had slight effusion, but they seem to be less worried
about that than his lungs. I'm going to talk to my local vet today
about heart drugs.
Thanks for all your help, everyone, I'll keep you posted
Love, hugs and purrs
Carina and Muggley