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

RE: [FH] Pulmonary Edema Questions.

Expand Messages
  • 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 1 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 2 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.