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Re: [FH] Re: cat w/ CHF

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  • Linda Fischbach
    Maybe the best thing is to just list what meds the kitty is taking (like atenolol, lasix and enalapril) without mentioning the fraction of the pill given or
    Message 1 of 12 , Jul 5, 2004
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      Maybe the best thing is to just list what meds the kitty is taking (like
      atenolol, lasix and enalapril) without mentioning the fraction of the pill
      given or how often.

      Linda


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      From: "turkishangoraathumanesociety"
      <turkishangoraathumanesociety@...>
      To: <feline-heart@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Monday, July 05, 2004 8:00 PM
      Subject: [FH] Re: cat w/ CHF


      > Well, Sarah...unfortunately I received an email from a poster
      > wanting exact dosage because THEY are on heart meds (atenolol), and
      > thought that they'd just go ahead and dose it out to their cat. I
      > don't know if this was to save on Cardiologist or what, but you step
      > into VERY dangerous territory here. I have NO IDEA what type of
      > heart failure this woman's cat is dealing with, and what is right for
      > my cat, may KILL hers....And no, unfortunately I am not making this
      > up (I WISH I was). I BEG the poster who is considering this to
      > realize that meds are specific to what is going on with your
      > particular cat....and there isn't just one general "heart failure"
      > med. Very VERY dangerous. That's why I like to discuss types only,
      > and they can take it up with the specialist. If anyone cares to
      > elaborate on the beta blocker/Channel blocker/diff meds for different
      > heart conditions thing, please do, for this person, because I am at a
      > loss for words right now.
    • William Draper
      no doubt! if anyone in this group has any questions at all, please feel free to ask. i know that a FAQ full of medical information can be daunting at times.
      Message 2 of 12 , Jul 5, 2004
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        no doubt! if anyone in this group has any questions at all, please feel free to ask. i know that a FAQ full of medical information can be daunting at times. if you don't know where to start, please let me or someone else walk you though it slowly. DO NOT medicate you pet on your own. do not use dosing information from other animals as a guideline to how your vet is treating your animal. while there are standard doses for certain drugs, when combined they sometimes need to be "tweaked" a bit in order to function optimally. this is why we go to school (among other things). treatment regimens need to be determined on a case-by-case basis. if you give atenolol to a cat in CHF, you will definitely make it worse. if you give digitalis to a cat in asymptomatic HCF, you will likely progress the disease. animal disease pathophysiology progresses the same way as human. cats don't just have "heart disease". as a group we are here to help. if you want to contact me, and not notify the group, please feel free to do so. although i am not a doctor yet, i will still maintain the privacy of my "patients".

        bill
        dvm in 2005
        ----- Original Message -----
        From: turkishangoraathumanesociety
        To: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com
        Sent: Monday, July 05, 2004 9:00 PM
        Subject: [FH] Re: cat w/ CHF


        Well, Sarah...unfortunately I received an email from a poster
        wanting exact dosage because THEY are on heart meds (atenolol), and
        thought that they'd just go ahead and dose it out to their cat. I
        don't know if this was to save on Cardiologist or what, but you step
        into VERY dangerous territory here. I have NO IDEA what type of
        heart failure this woman's cat is dealing with, and what is right for
        my cat, may KILL hers....And no, unfortunately I am not making this
        up (I WISH I was). I BEG the poster who is considering this to
        realize that meds are specific to what is going on with your
        particular cat....and there isn't just one general "heart failure"
        med. Very VERY dangerous. That's why I like to discuss types only,
        and they can take it up with the specialist. If anyone cares to
        elaborate on the beta blocker/Channel blocker/diff meds for different
        heart conditions thing, please do, for this person, because I am at a
        loss for words right now.



        --- In feline-heart@yahoogroups.com, "brinkett" <scrubbrush@r...>
        wrote:
        > I don't think Linda was criticizing you in particular, she was just
        > pointing out that information like "1/2 tab" is meaningless (and
        > potentially misleading) because pills come in different dosages.
        So
        > it's best that people provide the dosages in numbers or not at
        all.
        >
        > I have also felt frustrated in the past when seeing things
        like "1/2
        > tab lasix" because I like to be able to compare doses to what Morag
        > is taking and can't based on that type of information.
        >
        > Sarah.
        --------------------------------------------------------------

        > > I was giving a general idea of how Lillie's own condition is
        being
        > > treated (TYPES of meds)...Only a Cardiologist can determine
        > dosages
        > > best for your pet...but thought Lillie's types could serve as a
        > > guidline for questions to ask the Cardiologist. If there is a
        > reason
        > > that you need to know the specific dosages for my particular cat,
        > I
        > > would gladly provide that if it somehow would help you...Just
        > ask..
        > > (nicely, of course) :)
        >




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      • brinkett
        ... different ... at a ... The person should read the FAQ that is in the links section. And the person should *not* give medication to their cat without
        Message 3 of 12 , Jul 5, 2004
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          > If anyone cares to
          > elaborate on the beta blocker/Channel blocker/diff meds for
          different
          > heart conditions thing, please do, for this person, because I am
          at a
          > loss for words right now.

          The person should read the FAQ that is in the links section. And
          the person should *not* give medication to their cat without
          consulting a vet or cardiologist first. Whoever you are, you may
          KILL YOUR CAT. So see a vet or cardiologist, please.

          But I think the original point was that putting fractions of tablets
          doesn't convey any information, and in fact may be very misleading
          because different people may have the same medication in different
          pill sizes. Either the exact dosage should be listed or no dosage
          at all.

          I also think it'll be a shame if we can't share dosages - after all,
          this is a group where we share information so we can best treat our
          cats. We can't stop people from being stupid - we can just hope
          people exercise common sense. So I hope people continue to share
          what dosages they are using, but that's just my opinion.

          Sarah.
        • turkishangoraathumanesociety
          I believe that is why we also have the Our Furbabies in the database...for that very detailed info that you are seeking. If Linda or anyone wants far more
          Message 4 of 12 , Jul 5, 2004
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            I believe that is why we also have the "Our Furbabies" in the
            database...for that very detailed info that you are seeking. If
            Linda or anyone wants far more details in every post it is mentioned,
            they are free to do so. I would never mandate my opinions on anyone,
            and I would expect that anyone would feel the same. I defer to the
            database for any detailed meds, and I am also very open to being
            asked. I am not open, however, to Linda's original scolding
            schoolmarm post.
            1) database
            2) or ask nicely
            We are all adults here.

            --- In feline-heart@yahoogroups.com, "brinkett" <scrubbrush@r...>
            wrote:
            > > If anyone cares to
            > > elaborate on the beta blocker/Channel blocker/diff meds for
            > different
            > > heart conditions thing, please do, for this person, because I am
            > at a
            > > loss for words right now.
            >
            > The person should read the FAQ that is in the links section. And
            > the person should *not* give medication to their cat without
            > consulting a vet or cardiologist first. Whoever you are, you may
            > KILL YOUR CAT. So see a vet or cardiologist, please.
            >
            > But I think the original point was that putting fractions of
            tablets
            > doesn't convey any information, and in fact may be very misleading
            > because different people may have the same medication in different
            > pill sizes. Either the exact dosage should be listed or no dosage
            > at all.
            >
            > I also think it'll be a shame if we can't share dosages - after
            all,
            > this is a group where we share information so we can best treat our
            > cats. We can't stop people from being stupid - we can just hope
            > people exercise common sense. So I hope people continue to share
            > what dosages they are using, but that's just my opinion.
            >
            > Sarah.
          • mainecoonsusa@aol.com
            In a message dated 7/5/2004 9:00:46 PM Eastern Standard Time, scrubbrush@rogers.com writes: I also think it ll be a shame if we can t share dosages - after
            Message 5 of 12 , Jul 5, 2004
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              In a message dated 7/5/2004 9:00:46 PM Eastern Standard Time,
              scrubbrush@... writes:
              I also think it'll be a shame if we can't share dosages - after all,
              this is a group where we share information so we can best treat our
              cats. We can't stop people from being stupid - we can just hope
              people exercise common sense. So I hope people continue to share
              what dosages they are using, but that's just my opinion.
              I agree. And I will continue to share what I am giving to my cat.

              Speaking of my cat, I wanted to let everyone know he did fine this weekend
              while I was away. He took his medication for the the cat sitter and seems to be
              doing well.

              I've started him today on the extra dosage of Enalapril. He goes to my vets
              on Saturday for a chem profile.

              JoAnn

              JoAnn & Connor

              1/2 30 mg Diltiazem 2x a day
              1/2 2.5 mg Enalalpril 2x a daily
              12.5 mg Lasix 2x a day
              low dose enteric coated Aspirin 2x a week for HCM

              1 puff AM, 1 puff PM 110 Flovent for Asthma


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            • brinkett
              ... mentioned, ... anyone, ... the ... I didn t find her response scolding or schoolmarmish. But I know how easily people get upset when they *think* they re
              Message 6 of 12 , Jul 5, 2004
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                > I believe that is why we also have the "Our Furbabies" in the
                > database...for that very detailed info that you are seeking. If
                > Linda or anyone wants far more details in every post it is
                mentioned,
                > they are free to do so. I would never mandate my opinions on
                anyone,
                > and I would expect that anyone would feel the same. I defer to
                the
                > database for any detailed meds, and I am also very open to being
                > asked. I am not open, however, to Linda's original scolding
                > schoolmarm post.
                > 1) database
                > 2) or ask nicely
                > We are all adults here.

                I didn't find her response scolding or schoolmarmish. But I know
                how easily people get upset when they *think* they're being scolded
                publicly. Remember that (a) it's very easy to take things that are
                written the wrong way, and (b) there are real, living human beings
                at the other end of all of these posts, so before taking offense,
                take a deep breath and wait at least an hour before responding.
                Just about all the time, you'll find that after calming down and re-
                reading the post that upset you, it won't seem so bad.

                This is not directed to you in particular, but to everyone,
                including me, because I've been scolded here publicly too at times,
                or felt like I have been. Perhaps you feel scolded because her
                comment came after one of your posts, but if you reread her post,
                you'll see that the suggestion was made to the entire group, not to
                you specifically.

                As far as the database, the vast majority of members have not
                entered anything in the database and the entries can easily go out
                of date. I know Morag's is because her medications have been
                adjusted several times.

                We've always posted dosages here. Linda's point wasn't that dosages
                shouldn't be posted, but that if they are going to be posted, do it
                in a way that conveys useful information. As you said, we're all
                adults, and so we should know to consult a vet before making any
                changes to our cat's treatment plan.

                Sarah.
              • Susan
                ... I also hope the practice of including the particulars such as age, breed, diagnosis and treatment regimen in the form of a sig in the bottom of all emails
                Message 7 of 12 , Jul 6, 2004
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                  --- brinkett <scrubbrush@...> wrote:
                  >
                  > I also think it'll be a shame if we can't share
                  > dosages - after all,
                  > this is a group where we share information so we can
                  > best treat our
                  > cats. So I hope people
                  > continue to share
                  > what dosages they are using, but that's just my
                  > opinion.


                  I also hope the practice of including the particulars
                  such as age, breed, diagnosis and treatment regimen in
                  the form of a sig in the bottom of all emails that are
                  asking questions is adopted by most. It really helps
                  when trying to answer questions. I think of it as the
                  equivalent of chart notes. I personally have a very
                  hard time remmebering and though you may have spelled
                  out the whole scenario just a few days ago I have
                  already forgotten :(

                  See my sig below for an example (Rudy weighs 8.2 lbs now)

                  =====
                  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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