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  • O'Conchubair
    I sure hope that this is not an indication that listers go off the deep end without finding out the real facts. I just joined this list and I am quite taken
    Message 1 of 2 , Jul 5, 2004
      I sure hope that this is not an indication that listers go off the deep
      end without finding out the real facts. I just joined this list and I am
      quite taken aback by this behavior. Since the email was sent to the list,
      and others responded without any knowledge of the facts, I am answering
      publicly, too.
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "O'Conchubair" <RNMSW@...>
      To: "turkishangoraathumanesociety" <turkishangoraathumanesociety@...>
      Sent: Monday, July 05, 2004 4:26 PM
      Subject: cat w/ CHF


      >
      > There are cardiologists and Internal Medicine Specialists close by.
      > Thank you for the URL.
      > Is that atenolol 100mg that you quarter?
      > Denise
      >
      Found it, 25mg tablet of atenolol. Guess I can't use mine.
      Denise

      If you were referring to my post, I never said I would just give the
      cat my tablets. If the vet said it was ok, then I would have the pills and
      would not need another prescription. This has happened before with meds.
      <private>
      Denise O'Connor, R.N., B.S., M.S.W.



      > > 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
      >
      >
    • brinkett
      ... the deep ... and I am ... the list, ... Well, we can only respond to what we re told. And we will respond quickly if we re given the impression that
      Message 2 of 2 , Jul 5, 2004
        > I sure hope that this is not an indication that listers go off
        the deep
        > end without finding out the real facts. I just joined this list
        and I am
        > quite taken aback by this behavior. Since the email was sent to
        the list,
        > and others responded without any knowledge of the facts

        Well, we can only respond to what we're told. And we will respond
        quickly if we're given the impression that someone is about to do
        something that may harm their cat. I don't know if you're "the
        person" who was being referred to, but if you are, it sounds like
        what you wrote was misinterpreted. However, none of the responses
        attacked "the person" - they all just cautioned very strongly that
        medicating a cat without guidance from a vet is a bad idea, and
        personally I don't see anything wrong with that on a list like this.

        This group is a great group for owners of cats with heart disease.
        You have joined on a day when there seems to be a little tempest in
        a teapot going on, but my cat and probably several others on the
        list wouldn't be alive today if not for the experience of the people
        on the group. You'll see how helpful we all can be when things calm
        down. :-)

        Sarah.
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