Sydney Still Improving - Couple Questions re: herbs and Tapazole
- Hello, Fellow Cat Lovers,
Just wanted to drop you a note to let you know that Sydney is
almost completely her normal self. She's no longer wobbly, she's
eating her new raw diet/Missing Link like a six-pound horse, and
seems to have regained her cheerful outlook on life. Her activity
level has increased from lethargic to lazy, but she was always a low-
activity cat. It's only moderately hot here in Northern California,
and she's enjoying being stretched out in those flat-cat-in-the-sun
poses under the skylight.
It's now 26 days since her diagnosis, when she went into a steep
decline, stopped eating, and was too weak to walk more than 10 steps
without stopping or lying down.
She's also adapting well to getting her fish-flavored liquid
Atenolol twice a day. I've been trying to give it to her one ml at
a time, and waiting for her to swallow, and this is becoming a
pretty polite event, compared to the initial gymnastics and target
QUESTION #1: Sydney's regular vet recommended that we treat her
somewhat ambiguous hyperthyroid condition by giving Tapazole, but
she's improving so fast that I am loathe to undo all that progress
right now. Tap can make cats anorexic and can worsen or reveal
kidney problems (her kidneys are normal now but undersized).
QUESTION #2: My new problem, in addition to being reluctant to give
the Tapazole, is that the holistic vet that I took her to
recommended a supplement (Thorne's Bio-cardio) with hawthorne and a
couple of herbs that supposedly increase the contraction of the
heart (Terminalia arjuna extract 17.50mg and Tribulus terrestris
extract 17.50mg), and that's the opposite of what we're trying to do
with the Atenolol.
If anyone has advice on holistic approaches to hyperthyroid, or on
those heart herbs, I'd appreciate it. I have gotten some wonderful
feedback from Rosemary, which has helped me tremendously.
In the meantime, I'm supporting her continued improvement.
Thanks, everyone, for your help. I'll keep you posted.
-- Sarah (and Sydney)
Sydney: 13-year-old calico DSH diagnosed 7/1/2005 with HCM (left
ventricle hypertrophy LVFWd 7, all other heart measurements normal,
pulse 220), Grade 4 out of 6 murmur, Total T4 1.3 (.4-5.2), Free T4
5.1 (1.2-4.3). Atenolol 6.25 mg twice per day, CoEnzyme Q10
20mg/day, Vitamin E 30mg/day, Taurine, L-carnitine, etc. in US
Animal Nutritionals Heart Discovery. Pulse is now 120-140 with the
Atenolol, activity 95% normal, appetite normal.