- I can t believe I ve found this support group. Our 7 1/2 year old little sweet cat, Francie Mae, turned from perfectly healthy one Saturday morning just moreMessage 1 of 31 , Apr 13, 2004View SourceI can't believe I've found this support group. Our 7 1/2 year old
little sweet cat, Francie Mae, turned from perfectly healthy one
Saturday morning just more than 2 weeks ago, to having to be put down
on Saturday April 10,2004. It all happened so fast,
The morning of Saturday March 28th she was her normal self, purring,
rubbing, begging for some attention and by the end of the day she had
developed this massive lump on her left hind hip. Unsure of what the
problem was we observed her very carefully to notice no unusual
behavior. It didn't seem to bother her, and it was very hard. There
were no outward signs of trama so we figured to take her to our vet
bright and early Monday morning. The weekend went along without any
signs of distress. After a check up with our vet, it was thought to
be some sort of contusion, a bruise of some sort. The vet
administered an anti-inflamatory injection and some anti-biotics for
infection. Off we went back home where there were no apparent
changes in her behavior or the size of the lump on her leg. A week
went by and we still noticed no change in her behavior. On Thursday,
April 8th, things started to happen. She was no longer hungry or
thirsty. We tried everything we could think of to stir up her
appetite, but we had little to no luck. She would only drink a few
tablespoons of water. This is less than 2 weeks after the strange
lump showed up. It boggled our mind how a lump on her hip could be
affecting her so. She was a house cat who lead a charmed life. She
was in the prime of her life, full of cat energy. How could it be
anything but just being finicky or irritable. One listen to her
heart by our vet led us to a larger vet with an exray machine. They
exrayed her hind legs and her chest cavity. The lump turned out to
be a blood clot, which to us seemed something we could deal with at
the time. But then came the chest exrays. Her heart was surrounded
by so much fluid that it wasn't even in the right place. Her lungs
were surrounded by fluid to the point that she was suffocating. The
doctor then explained to us about Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy.
Something our little girl had been born with. We had no idea, no
early signs, no information on how to take better care of her to keep
her healthy longer. We did have a few opitons, but our little
Franciemae was already dehydrated and exhausted. To put her through
the agony of trying to drain off the fluid and prolong her life for
what most likely would be a short time seemed out of the question.
As hard as it was for us to part with her, we knew it was the right
thing to do. She was nothing out of the ordinary, just your DSH
black cat, the runt of the litter, our sweet little girl. We had her
tested for feline lukemia when we adopted her but never had any idea
we should have had her tested for this heart condition. Something
I've read is very common, but not talked about. Maybe it should be.
We miss her terribly.
- Sorry, I forgot to add the Wikipedia links to earlier posts: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atenolol http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beta_blocker ... [Non-textMessage 31 of 31 , Feb 18, 2013View SourceSorry, I forgot to add the Wikipedia links to earlier posts:
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> From: joanne marbut <jomarbut@...>
>To: mary beth fitzpatrick <marybethfitzpatrick@...>; Joanne Haeussinger <chmiss01@...>; "email@example.com" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Sent: Monday, February 18, 2013 9:52 PM
>Subject: Re: [FH] Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
>Atenolol slows the heart rate thereby lowering blood pressure, easing the work the heart does, etc. It's good for preventing heart attacks, CHF, etc. It does this in a number of ways due to the fact that it's a beta blocker. Read the Wikipedia page.
>> From: mary beth fitzpatrick marybethfitzpatrick@...>
>>To: Joanne Haeussinger chmiss01@...>; email@example.com
>>Sent: Monday, February 18, 2013 4:33 PM
>>Subject: Re: [FH] Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
>>Very interesting all the sharing. Thanks, Karen, for getting all of us in gear.
>>Karen's question about whether her little one does not need Atenolol has me wondering about the use of Atenolol in general.
>>When is it necessary and when not? When Lahri was diagnosed in '06 with "Mild focal concentric hypertrophy of the septum (maybe) secondary to mild early hylpertrophic cardiomyopathy, systemic hypertension, or hyperthyroidism," the highly respected cardiologist wrote, "The changes are so mild that treatment with Atenolol or anticoagulants is not recommended at this time." After an echo months later, she wrote: "The mild concentric hypertrophy is not secondary to systemic hypertension or hyperthyroidism, and is due to mild hypertrophic cardiomyopathy." She still prescribed no meds. Two more echos in '07 got him to "Static mild hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy with no progression over the past year of monitoring" and even " mild risk of sudden death is present" but still with no meds. Toward the end of '08, she said: "Mild progression in the HCM to mild-moderate severity with upper mild severity of SAM obstruction" and did presribe Atenolol.
>At this time, she also found hyperthyroidism and prescribed Methimazole. When she saw "Marked reduction in left ventricular hypertrophy on the methimazole and atenolol, with no appreciable wall hypertrophy . . and only subtle papillary hypertrophy, mild diastolic dysfunction, and no SMA at this time on Atenolol [and] suspect[ed] a ,majority of the improvement is due to the control of the hyperthyroidism, although it is possible the atenolol could have contributed," she found it "not . . . necessary" to continue the Atenolol. By June 2010, her conclusion was "Equivocal to mild HCM" and "No specific cardiac medications are now needed." He's been doing fine without any heart medication since that time. (I say 'fine' here also with the admission that, for financial reasons, we stopped getting him echoed. We did just find out through HEMOPET that his hyperthyroidism now requires more Methimazole,. which he's now getting.) Anyway . . . just
>wondering at all the posts implying Atenolol is desirable, if not necessary, even if a cat is presenting with only mild HCM.
>>Maybe I'm asking too much here. Sorry, if that's the case. Just let me know. The posts just have me wondering if maybe, though Lahri seems to be doing so well, he still needs Atenolol . . . and maybe, at least for the sake of the prescription, I need to get him back to the cardiologist somehow.
>>mb and lahri
>>----- Original Message -----
>>From: Joanne Haeussinger
>>Cc: joanne marbut ; feline-heart
>>Sent: Monday, February 18, 2013 12:42 PM
>>Subject: Re: [FH] Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
>>Michelle and I have similar experiences in which both our Tiggers were caught early and mine only takes Atenelol. Lasix is only for when they go into failure (like my Twix did last year), and so your baby kitten may not need any other meds for quite some time. I'd follow the instructions of your cardiologist, and if you're interested in adding other supplements, consult him/her first. But, please don't worry too much. You're lucky you caught it early. :)
>>Blessings to you and your little one!
>>Joanne, Twix, Tigger and Tagg
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