Hi. My cat Pearl diagnosed with Mitral insuffiency
- Hi there. Feeling a bit overwhelmed. Pearl (8 y.o.) has always had what I consider
wierd vomiting issues and an occassional cough. We never pursued this agressively,
although she was xrayed two years ago to see if there was a possible stomach or
intestinal issue. We discovered arthriis in one knee but nothing else.
Sunday, her coughing was awful. Where as in the past she coughed maybe once a
week and maybe not for several weeks (that I know of - I am gone 8 hours a day) this
was every two hours. I finally took her to an emergency vet. I wondered about asthma
and that is what that vet thought. I took her xrays to my regular vet who looked at
them and disagreed with the emergency vet. She thought the heart looked enlarged.
The cardio vet happened to be coming that after noon, so I brought her in. End of
long story, he found a leaky valve. He says "not real bad" but you could see it. The
prednisone the emergency vet put her on is being continued (she hasn't coughed
since that first dose), and my vet had me pick up meds today. She is currently on the
predinisone and just tonight I gave her her first doses of lasix and enalapril. 1/2 lasix
and 1 enalipril. In a week we go to 1/4 lasix. We are weeding the pred down to
eventually 1/2 tab everyday. She needs to lose about 4 lbs. too. The cardio vet
recommended SD g/d (which I gave her a bit of the canned today and that seems fine
with her but the dry she throws up.) Sooo. Poor girl has diarhea today. From stress of
going to vets for two days? I don't know. She *does* ocassionally get it. I'm thinking
of trying to take away all dry food, though that is tough because that is all my other
cat will eat.
She is pretty lethargic since I gave her the meds, but I can tell she is uncomfortable
from the diarehha. She's not an active cat to begin with and never has been. I've had
her 3 years since she was 6. BTW, her heart in the xray from two years ago looked
fine. This seems to have progressed slowly over the last two years.
Feeling very overwhelmed and wonder what others experience is. It's wierd because I
am most nervous about giving her the heart meds. Vet said I could crush up all three
and mix in food, which is what I did.
Is there anything I should look for? She has never presented panting. She was
wheezing after the coughing barrage on Sunday, but you could really only hear it
through a stethoscope.
While he said this didn't look bad, he said "I've seen cats live months if not years with
this". Ugh. MONTHS?
I need to get her blood tested to see if thyroid caused this, but we all agreed that
could wait until next week since she is SO stressed about going the vet. I sure hope
she does not have a thyroid problem. I just can't see adding another med!!!
Anyhow, any advice or observations are appreciated.