Loading ...
Sorry, an error occurred while loading the content.

Pulmonary Edema Questions.

Expand Messages
  • jexnicious
    Hello all, My wife and I have a 5-6 y/o cat that has recently developed pulmonary edema. I had to bring her to the Emergency Vet One month ago due to rapid
    Message 1 of 3 , Nov 1, 2004
    • 0 Attachment
      Hello all,

      My wife and I have a 5-6 y/o cat that has recently developed
      pulmonary edema. I had to bring her to the Emergency Vet One month
      ago due to rapid breathing and looking very sick.

      Emergency vet gave her steroids, diuretics, and antibiotics. Her
      condition improved and we brought her to her regular vet for a
      follow-up. They were all thinking asthma and just said she had lots
      of fluid on the lungs. One month later and another emergency, it was
      finally diagnosed as Pulmonary Edema. She is currently on Diuretics
      and Heart meds.

      I know what pulmonary edema is and how it effects cats. The reason I
      am posting tonight is to hopefully learn from somebody's first hand
      experience on how to care for a cat with such a health problem, ie;
      diet, meds, other.....what is prognosis? Can a cat bounce back to
      normal after developing Pulmonary Edema. Oh, and does the method of
      administering heart medicine into the work? I had never heard of
      such a thing until our vet recommended since our cat is so difficult
      to medicate.

      Also, do cats stop using litter boxes when they are sick? Is a cat's
      behavior pattern altered after illness. Our kitty has change a lot
      since falling ill.

      My wife and I are really working hard to nurse her back to health
      and any advice or information would be greatly appreciated.

      Thanks,

      John
    • Linda CuĂ©llar Irrgang
      Hi John, First of all, you sure have come to the right website bec so many folks here are so extensively knowledgeable about all kinds of heart related issues.
      Message 2 of 3 , Nov 2, 2004
      • 0 Attachment
        Hi John,

        First of all, you sure have come to the right website bec so many folks
        here are so extensively knowledgeable about all kinds of heart related
        issues. Also, folks here are so extremely supportive in every
        way.....nonetheless, sorry that you have had to come here bec of your
        kitty's circumstances. It can, however, get better with the proper
        medical attention and management. Don't give up.

        IMHO, I think that the foremost thing to determine is the cause of the
        pulmonary edema. It sounds like it's her heart since you mention that
        she's taking heart meds. If that is the case, I would immediately start
        looking for a good cardiologist or if not available in your area, then
        an internal medicine vet. Pum's condition has been stabilized over the
        years due to us very aggressively seeking out the right medical
        specialist to deal with his health condition. It can be managed but it
        takes the right vet. Have you looked for specialists in your area?

        Linda and the boys

        -----Original Message-----
        From: jexnicious [mailto:jexnicious@...]
        Sent: Monday, November 01, 2004 9:48 PM
        To: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com
        Subject: [FH] Pulmonary Edema Questions.




        Hello all,

        My wife and I have a 5-6 y/o cat that has recently developed
        pulmonary edema. I had to bring her to the Emergency Vet One month
        ago due to rapid breathing and looking very sick.

        Emergency vet gave her steroids, diuretics, and antibiotics. Her
        condition improved and we brought her to her regular vet for a
        follow-up. They were all thinking asthma and just said she had lots
        of fluid on the lungs. One month later and another emergency, it was
        finally diagnosed as Pulmonary Edema. She is currently on Diuretics
        and Heart meds.

        I know what pulmonary edema is and how it effects cats. The reason I
        am posting tonight is to hopefully learn from somebody's first hand
        experience on how to care for a cat with such a health problem, ie;
        diet, meds, other.....what is prognosis? Can a cat bounce back to
        normal after developing Pulmonary Edema. Oh, and does the method of
        administering heart medicine into the work? I had never heard of
        such a thing until our vet recommended since our cat is so difficult
        to medicate.

        Also, do cats stop using litter boxes when they are sick? Is a cat's
        behavior pattern altered after illness. Our kitty has change a lot
        since falling ill.

        My wife and I are really working hard to nurse her back to health
        and any advice or information would be greatly appreciated.

        Thanks,

        John






        Your reply will go to the author of this message. If you feel your reply
        will benefit the entire group, please change the "To:" line to
        feline-heart@yahoogroups.com
        Yahoo! Groups Links
      • brinkett
        ... I ... hand ... Has your cat had an ultrasound? And as someone else has already suggested, has your cat seen a cardiologist? ... Yes, if the cat is on the
        Message 3 of 3 , Nov 2, 2004
        • 0 Attachment
          > I know what pulmonary edema is and how it effects cats. The reason
          I
          > am posting tonight is to hopefully learn from somebody's first
          hand
          > experience on how to care for a cat with such a health problem

          Has your cat had an ultrasound? And as someone else has already
          suggested, has your cat seen a cardiologist?

          > Can a cat bounce back to
          > normal after developing Pulmonary Edema.

          Yes, if the cat is on the right medications, but if by "normal" you
          mean "cured", then the answer is no. If your cat has pulmonary
          edema because of a heart problem, then your cat is in congestive
          heart failure which is a chronic condition. The symptoms can be
          controlled using medication, however,

          > Oh, and does the method of
          > administering heart medicine into the work?

          Into what? :-) If you're using medicated treats or liquid
          suspensions, they work. There is still some controversy over
          whether transdermal gels work.

          > Also, do cats stop using litter boxes when they are sick? Is a
          cat's
          > behavior pattern altered after illness. Our kitty has change a lot
          > since falling ill.

          They can, but if they're being treated successfully they should act
          pretty "normal". It sounds like she's probably been feeling crappy
          for at least a month though, so give the meds some time to kick in.
          You should have a followup with your vet to check her kidney and
          electrolyte values after she's been on the heart medication for a
          week or so. You should bring up the behaviour changes to the vet if
          she's still "off".

          And ideally, as already mentioned, you should be making an
          appointment with a cardiologist or internal specialist if you
          haven't done so already.

          Sarah.
        Your message has been successfully submitted and would be delivered to recipients shortly.