Re: New Member: will he ever be the same???
- Dorian, sorry to "meet" you under such circumstances. Sounds like Jake is
still pretty sick. Once he is stabilized then it will get better. Not
necessarily the same, but lots better and definitely worth the effort! My kitty
seems to know that his meds make him feel better and he actually comes looking for
them when it's time!
How fortunate for you that Jake was diagnosed so quickly! It took one
emergency clinic, three vets, and finally a referral to a specialist emergency
clinic for us to find out what was wrong with our kitty Oz.
Did they mention getting Jake an ultrasound or echocardiogram? Once I took
Oz to a cardiologist and had the echo, they were able to see exactly what
damage they were dealing with (Oz has HCM) and they prescribed meds appropriately.
Previous to the cardiologist all that Oz was on was lasix and it just wasn't
enough to ever get him under control. Whatever is wrong with his heart just
kept causing more fluid build up and we needed more lasix, round and round.
They had to treat the heart problem and then the lasix finally caught up with
Catherine, to answer your question about lasix, yes it can be hard on the
cat's kidneys. Oz actually crashed (kidney failure) from so much lasix but we
dealt with that slowly with IV fluids. He had to have the lasix or he would
have died for sure. We kept doing bloodtests and monitoring his creatanine level
(among other things I can't remember now!). After a month or two his body
adapted and fortunately his kidneys are fine :::knocking on wood!::::.
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