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Re: cat w/ CHF

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  • turkishangoraathumanesociety
    Denise... It is VITAL that you get in to see a Vet Cardiologist ASAP. If there isn t one anywhere near you, then an Internal Medicine Specialist. Almost 1 yr
    Message 1 of 3 , Jul 5, 2004
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      Denise... It is VITAL that you get in to see a Vet Cardiologist
      ASAP. If there isn't one anywhere near you, then an Internal
      Medicine Specialist. Almost 1 yr ago my Lillie had heart failure
      (SEVERE OBSTRUCTIVE Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy). The 1st e/r was
      ready to write her off...They closed at 8am and had me transfer her
      to an e/r 45 minutes away that I knew nothing about. They ended up
      having all kinds of specialists there. Lillie had A LOT of fluid in
      her lungs and was in an oxygen tank for 4 days. Her prognosis was
      VERY POOR according to her echocardiogram (A MUST for this condition
      is an echo), yet the specialist was astounded at the progress she had
      made over 4 days (Like she "refused to accept it"). Her heart
      failure has now "resolved" and she takes meds everyday (very
      inexpensive I might add), and acts like a normal kitty. They are so
      happy whenever she comes in for a check-up.
      To find a Cardiologist or an Internal Medicine specialist near you,
      go to www.acvim.org
      DEPENDING ON WHERE YOU LIVE, these specialists can be comparable (or
      better) in fees than a general vet. (That is the case here in
      Ohio). Just in case the $ound of $pecialist scares you... I didn't
      know they existsed until Lillie had her heart failure. Hope your
      baby is okay. Lillie is on:

      Atenolol 1/4 tab in am & again in pm every day (8 am and 8 pm)
      Lasix 1/2 tab in am every OTHER day
      Enalapril 1/2 tab in pm every evening
      "Baby" Aspirin (81mg) every THIRD day

      These are for her condition, and have been great for her. Her
      regular vets are now an Internal Medicine specialist and a
      Cardiologist. (The IM Specialist is only 40 minutes away, the
      Cardiologist is 2 hrs away).
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      --- In feline-heart@yahoogroups.com, "O'Conchubair" <RNMSW@b...>
      wrote:
      > My 11 year old cat had more than three ounces of fluid removed
      from one lung. The vet says nothing they can do. I believe it may
      be possible to keep him comfortable a bit longer. He is such a love.
      > I'd appreciate any experiences, suggestions.
      > Denise
      >
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      > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
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