>When dx's at age 2, Pumpkin was given 3-4 yrs....we've >just celebrated his12th birthday! His cardio vet and his >regular vet predict 5 more yrs
>at this point!My gosh Linda is this ever GREAT to hear! Did Pumpkin get dx'd with severe
HCM? Our Oz has severe HCM and is almost 2.5 years past his first heart
failure. I keep thinking that we're already so lucky but to hear that
Pumpkin has gone 12 years and still going strong! WOW! Congrats!!! And
Happy happy Birthday to Pumpkin!
- Your Pumpkin sounds a lot like my Sally. She often takes big deep
breaths and then makes a wheezy sound when she exhales. When she
was 8 months old, her vet told me she had a grade 3 murmur. She was
diagnosed with HCM when she was 2 and put on Diltizem twice daily
for her enlarged left ventricle. Over the years, the thickening
diminished to the point where her heart looked almost normal. She
is 13 now and was just diagnosed with Lymphoma. I didn't know at
the time that steroids were bad for cats with heart issues so I went
ahead and gave it to her as a part of her chemo protocol. Her lungs
filled with fluid right away so she is off steroids for the time
being. In addition to the Diltiazem, she is now taking Furosemide
(a diuretic) and Enalapril (for her mitral valve regurgitation).
Sally has been taking Diltiazem for 11 years. She has been
relatively free of health issues (aside from IBD) until recently.
She has never had less than a grade 3 murmur but hasn't let it stop
her from having a good life. You might want to see a cardiologist
or an internal medicine specialist to make sure that Pumpkin doesn't
need meds. Diltiazem has been very easy for Sally to tolerate and
she hasn't had any problems with it at all. How old is Pumpkin? We
managed very well with yearly cardiac ultrasounds with an IM
specialist. Like I said before, the problems didn't really start
until the Lymphoma reared its ugly head. HCM is not a death
sentence for cats. You just need to be aware of it. It sounds like
you keep a pretty close watch on her already. Just be careful she
doesn't get prescribed any steroids. Steroids + heart problems =
Good luck & keep us posted!
Kristi & Sally Maria