RE: [FH] Pulmonary Edema Questions.
- 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
From: jexnicious [mailto:jexnicious@...]
Sent: Monday, November 01, 2004 9:48 PM
Subject: [FH] Pulmonary Edema Questions.
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
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.
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> I know what pulmonary edema is and how it effects cats. The reasonI
> am posting tonight is to hopefully learn from somebody's firsthand
> experience on how to care for a cat with such a health problemHas your cat had an ultrasound? And as someone else has already
suggested, has your cat seen a cardiologist?
> Can a cat bounce back toYes, if the cat is on the right medications, but if by "normal" you
> normal after developing Pulmonary Edema.
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 ofInto what? :-) If you're using medicated treats or liquid
> administering heart medicine into the work?
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 acat's
> behavior pattern altered after illness. Our kitty has change a lotThey can, but if they're being treated successfully they should act
> since falling ill.
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.