Re: [FH] about my last post and potassium supplementation?
- --- bubblet2002 <bubblet2002@...> wrote:
> AND found disturbing info re: lasix. I had asked myFrom what I have read the eating drinking part is
> vet if Zoe
> should be supplemented w/potassium but she said only
> if Z. stopped
> eating, drinking or became dehydrated.
correct. That is why in an acute ER situation when a
cat (but not a dog) is likely to be anorectic that
cats are more difficult to balance. I think what it
causes is called hypocalcemia.
> lasix remove theI don't have lasix experience, just know from what I
> potassium regardless and isn't low potassium a cause
> of heart
have read and managed to comprehend in vet articles.
But I do know that lasix is supposed to be used at the
lowest dose that does the job and that monotherapy is
not reccommended. The majority of the cats who are on
lasix are on an ACE-inhibitor but HCM is so variable
and there are so many different classes of drugs all
of which tweak slightly different parameters there is
no way any of us can know for sure. My guess is that
the fast heart rate (tachycardia) is the primary
rationale for beta-blockade. If an ACE-inhibitor has
not been added it may be because the vet does not
believe the reninin angiotensin system has been
> Also, is aspirin contraindicated with atenalol,There are too many cats on lasix and aspirin and or
> lasix or methimazole?
atenolol for that to be the case. I do not know
anything about methimazole. There is a Merck
Veterinary Drug link in the Feline Heart links
section. I do atenolol in the morning and aspirin on
Mon. & Thurs. evenings. My cat eats cocktail shrimp
after all pilling so I know his pills don't get stuck
and he has never had stomach problems from aspirin,
maybe because he gets it with shrimp.
Rudy: Male DSH brown tabby, feral mom, diagnosed 09-2002 at 19 months of age with idiopathic HCM: grade 2 murmur, hyperkinetic heart, borderline normal thickening, considered asymptomatic, 12.5 mg Atenolol 1x day, 1/2 baby aspirin 2x week administered via pilling
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- - furosemide definitely causes the kidney to excrete potassium. however, since cats are obligate carnivores, they get plenty of potassium from their diet (meat is where we get most of our potassium)
- low potassium CAN cause heart problems, but high potassium is more dangerous
- aspirin can be used with any of these drugs, and is very commonly
bill dvm in 2005
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, April 02, 2004 8:02 PM
Subject: [FH] about my last post and potassium supplementation?
Just found the info on aspirin!!
Still need oxygen info.
AND found disturbing info re: lasix. I had asked my vet if Zoe
should be supplemented w/potassium but she said only if Z. stopped
eating, drinking or became dehydrated. BUT doesn't lasix remove the
potassium regardless and isn't low potassium a cause of heart
Also, is aspirin contraindicated with atenalol, lasix or methimazole?
this is so frustrating... guess that's why we're here.
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