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Re: New Member: will he ever be the same???

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  • elanonuevo@aol.com
    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
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 3, 2003
      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
      the fluid.

      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!::::.

      Tia


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