Re: enlardged heart-just diagnosed-guidance please!
> My cat Sushi is 22 and a half years old. He is hyperthyroid, hasthe
> transient diabetes, CRF, is anemic and now was diagnosed with an
> enlarged heart with a heart murmur; level 1. by chest x-ray. Is
> there anyone out there with the same problems. How do I help his
> heart. The vet said that heart medications are extremely hard on
> kidneys. We have an appointment on Monday to see his regular vet,info.
> meanwhile any advice would be greatly appreciated. He is receivng
> daily subq's of 100 mls which we are going to cut back, but I gave
> almost the full amount this afternoon because he was badly
> dehydrated. Any info or suggestions as to where I might find
> would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.If Sushi is asymptomatic and the heart murmur/enlarged heart was an
incidental finding, I would consider not treating him for his heart
at this time. I had a cat with an enlarged heart on X-ray for
several years, was never advised to treat, and was completely
ignorant about heart disease at the time so didn't do anything about
it. She died at 17 of something unrelated to her heart and never
had any problems due to it. Unless Sushi is experiencing problems
because of his heart, I would not treat right now, but this is just
my opinion. Do discuss it with your vet.