Upcoming visit to vet school
- Monday is the big day--the 4-hour round trip to the University of
Tennessee Vet School. Spud is scheduled for his first echo since
Sept. when he was started on 45mg of Diltiazem CD daily. I'm hoping
the diltiazem has slowed (or even stopped) :) the progression of his
HCM. He will also have the required bloodwork and urinalysis to check
progression of his CRF.
Since Sept., I haven't noticed any change in his behaviour. He's
still the same old Spud (10.5). He eats like a pig, loves to be
petted (especially while eating), and continues his torrid affair with
an electrostatic duster! He hasn't acted sick since he was diagnosed
with CRF in Jan. 1997.
I do, however, think he has lost more muscle mass--he seems bonier
than ever. There is probably a steroid in his near future. Something
else to obsess about.
I'll post his results when we get back Monday night.
Rachel and Spud
- Hi Cheryl
A heart murmur can mean many things. It can be entirely innocent and due to
a 'flappy valve' as it is in several of my cats who showed no HCM at all
on echo. Or it can mean HCM which is a very serious disease. A heart murmu
may also be due to stress at the vets like my Toby has and it was shown on
echo to be the amount of blood pushing the valve when he got stressed.
If hyperthyroid isnt under control, then it can cause secondary HCM. So it
is vital the thyroid levels are normal. The only way to tell if Cheshire
has heart disease is to have the echocardiogram. I would get it done as soon
as possible now she has her thyroid treated. You need to watch for her
breathing rate, anything over 30 a minute is a cause for alarm. Any changes to
her usual rate and type of breathing are as well. If she has heart disease
there are drugs she can take to help her.
I wouldn't have the teeth done until after the ultrasound unless it is
absolutely vital. She may need special care with an anaesthetic if she has
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