Re: [FH] Random whine from the owner of an HCM kitty
Sorry to hear about Jerry's problems. Regarding his
teeth, isoflourane is the anesthetic mentioned most
for heart kitties.
--- fraay11 <fraay@...> wrote:
> It's a long one, only read if you feel like
> listening to me whine :)
> I adopted my little guy (Jerry, 1 year old) from the
> shelter about 6
> or so weeks ago (I asked for the kitty that needed a
> home most, he'd
> been there 4 months, and sick for most of it.. they
> didn't know the
> half of his problems :( ).
> I found out 3 days after I got him that he has a
> heart murmur and
> needed a bunch of dental work.. and through the
> tests (x-rays,
> ultrasound, doppler ultrasound, ECG) the news just
> seemed to get
> worse and worse. I'm sure you guys know how this
> is.. at first the
> teeth were the 'serious' problem, then the heart
> murmur was, then the
> heart disease was, now the arrhythmia is top on the
> list (they
> repeated the ECG half a dozen times and replaced the
> devices battery,
> as an attempt to explain the results.. the device
> was fine :( ).
> His weight was dropping really fast.. so he got put
> on a diet
> of 'anything he will eat'.. which through a lot of
> experimentation, I
> think I have got that nailed.. he is eating almost
> as much as he
> Problem is, his teeth are starting to cause him
> pain, and they can't
> operate on him because of his heart.. if I don't get
> his teeth fixed,
> he'll stop eating.. they are cautious about
> medication to help with
> the heart disease because of the arrhythmia, and
> vice versa..
> everything is a complete circle, I'm so frustrated
> because I can't
> seem to find any way to help him.
> From what I've been told he's coping quite well with
> everything thats
> going on (he's pretty active and happy still).. but
> because so much
> is going on, the outlook isn't great.. we go for
> tests every week
> (another ECG tomorrow).. and the list of things that
> I'm supposed to
> get to the vet ASAP about is getting longer..
> I'm reading all I can about all the things that are
> effecting him..
> but I feel as lost as I was when I started.. not
> only do I not
> understand what's going on with him, I don't even
> know what to ask..
> aside from the 'how long does he have' question,
> which gets 0
> answers.. and the 'what can I do for him' .. which
> gets 'love him and
> make him happy'.. well geez.. I'd do THAT even if he
> wasn't sick..
> Anyways.. there's not really much point to this
> post, except I
> figured the people here could understand how I'm
> feeling.. and I
> really needed to let out my frustrations and
> feelings of
> Thanks for listening
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- They tried two 'heart safe' drugs on him during one of his
unpleasantly long vet visits for tests (the one where he got lots of
ECGs).. one had no effect.. and the other was supposed to need to be
reversed, they were surprised when he came out of it on his own, and
said giving him more wasn't an option.. of course I can't remember
the names of either, but I know there is some concern about his
resistance to being sedated (thats my little fighter!!! :) )..
I will certainly ask about isoflourane tomorrow at the vet, thank you
> Sorry to hear about Jerry's problems. Regarding his
> teeth, isoflourane is the anesthetic mentioned most
> for heart kitties.