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re: Crisis for Tango

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  • Pam Vojtas
    Dear Sandi, Don and Tango, Balancing heart issues and kidney failure is indeed tricky, but certainly doable and worth a try. I recommend seeing a specialist -
    Message 1 of 4 , Aug 26, 2004
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      Dear Sandi, Don and Tango,
      Balancing heart issues and kidney failure is indeed tricky, but certainly doable and worth a try. I recommend seeing a specialist - in my Maggie's case, she saw both a Cardiologist and an Internist who were in the same Vet Specialists hospital. They worked together to come up with a treatment plan. (Initially, she needed fluids drained from her abdomen and an emergency blood transfusion, as well as a 3 day stay in critical care, but she pulled through). After that, we had to adjust meds several times before we found the right balance (we had to cut back on the Lasix). She had RCM (Restrictive) which is a bit rarer than HCM, but Enalapril made a huge improvement. Her kidney values stablized. She lived 6 more wonderful months, and ended up dying from neither heart or kidney failure (Cancer got her).

      Good luck to Tango - hope this helps,
      Pam (always missing Miss Maggie May)

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    • sosomanycats
      Prayers for Tango to get better. When our Purralot was diagnosed at 5 months of age he was in crisis and not expected to live. We took him home, since the vet
      Message 2 of 4 , Aug 26, 2004
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        Prayers for Tango to get better. When our Purralot was diagnosed at
        5 months of age he was in crisis and not expected to live. We took
        him home, since the vet couldn't do anything for him. Purr couldn't
        hold his head up for more than a second or two. We gave him
        pedialyte by eyedropper. We rented an oxygen concentrator and made a
        tent for him. Four days later he took his first steps out of the
        tent, returned about 10 minutes later. Within 10 days he was back to
        normal. On meds, Purralot is now 9 years old, and has never had
        another attack. Every time the vet sees him- says the same thing-
        could live for days, weeks, years, who knows. I don't have
        experience with crf together with heart disease, but I wouldn't give
        up on Tango. You could also join the crf group, if you haven't
        already. Healing thoughts being sent to Tango. Randi, Purr (HCM),
        and Cute Face (other heart disorder)

        --- In feline-heart@yahoogroups.com, "amazingcats12" <Korobkin@c...>
        wrote:
        > Dear Group,
        > Our 9-year old cat Tango, who has never before had any major health
        > problems...has been in the ICU unit for four days...At that point,
        they were saying that it was uncertain how long he would live--it
        could be days, months, or years. Now, with the discovery of kidney
        disease, the prognosis seems even bleaker. We are now faced with
        the decision of whether to end Tango's life because we don't want
        him to suffer, or whether to continue some kind of treatment so that
        he can come home and be with us for at least a short while.

        > Thank you,
        > Sandi and Don
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