Update on our boys
- Hi Everyone,
As some of you may remember, Phantom (14years old
CRF/IBD/Pancreatitis) has had 2 echos with the traveling IM
specialist through our vet. We were never able to speak with him and
according to his paperwork he has 'mild cardiomegaly.' Our other boy
Saki (5 years old) sometimes pants after or during playing. We
finally made it to the cardiologist at AMC and in the words of the
cardio...we were batting 1000 with hearts yesterday =)
She prefaced Phantom's results by telling us that it's hard to get a
good picture of his heart because he's a bit on the chubby side. He
did have a very faint heart murmur, which sometimes they hear and
sometimes they don't. Everything looked fine, but because it was a
bit blurred she couldn't say with certainty that his septum is
thickened or not. If it is thickened, and she takes it with a grain
of salt, it is only slightly thickened - a sign of HCM. Everything
else was fine. I asked about re-checking and she didn't think it was
necessary unless we want to. We probably will re-check but not in
the near future, just in case it is thickened and he does have very
mild heart disease.
Saki's echo was good =) Not much to report because she didn't find
anything. His heart sounded good when they examined him. He didn't
have doppler, because she felt 2-D (I think this is what she used -
his echo was less expensive than Phantom's) would be good enough.
Phantom did have doppler because he has a 'history.' I'm still
concerned about Saki's panting, but we asked her if his seasonal
allergies (which become year round in cats eventually) could play a
part. She said it's possible.
Saki was diagnosed with early CRF 3 weeks ago. He also saw a
nephrologist for abdominal ultrasound and we found out it's probably
the result of an infection that traveled to his kidneys when he was
having urinary troubles this summer. So hearing his heart is OK was
a bit sweeter (not that I wouldn't be happy regardless!).
Thanks to everyone who's helped me and given good advice. I'm happy
we went...the expense to see the cardio was well worth it =)
Lisa & The Boys wishing everyone the best!