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Re: [FH] How many tests for heart kitty Cuds?

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  • jen
    Sandra, I agree with Sue. I would ask the vets what tests they will be doing and what they are looking for or expecting to find. If they diagnose what they
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      I agree with Sue. I would ask the vets what tests they will be doing
      and what they are looking for or expecting to find. If they diagnose
      what they are checking for, is there any treatment possible? Or is
      it more along the lines of nice to know stuff.

      It does seem like a lot of investigation for a heart kitty who is
      doing really well. In the end, you will make the right decision for
      you and Cuds.

      Good luck and keep us updated,

      jen, deagan, ceita and angel kira the dog

      --- In feline-heart@yahoogroups.com, Sue B <rockii@o...> wrote:
      > Sandra,
      > I agree that the high water consumption could be due to eating dry
      > Some cats just like water. My girl Pepper always drinks a lot and
      > nothing wrong with her kidneys and she's not diabetic.
      > My concern is that cats with heart disease shouldn't undergo
      > unless you absolutely have to do it. It's very hard on their
      > When Pepper goes for her sonogram, they just hold her quietly on a
      > specially-made table. It's padded to hold them comfortably on
      their backs.
      > They don't even shave her. I know that state laws prohibit you
      from being
      > near the x-ray machine but maybe you could be there for the
      sonogram and
      > help keep Cuds calm. My cardiologist let me sit in on it. The
      > will show any progress in the heart disease.
      > You need an x-ray to check for CHF, but why can't they do blood
      work to
      > check for kidney disease? Maybe they're doing something I'm
      unfamiliar with
      > or maybe they're going to do a sonogram on his kidneys? Why do
      they think
      > he has kidney disease?
      > I agree that you should question why they feel he needs all these
      > tests if you feel he's doing well. What signs do they see that you
      > When my vet has changed Pepper's meds, they typically ask that she
      come back
      > in 2-3 weeks for blood tests. If they think she's doing well, they
      > waiting 6 months for a recheck with a sonogram.
      > Stress management is an important factor in treatment of heart
      disease. You
      > don't want to stress out a cat that's afraid. If you do take him
      in, I
      > would push hard to avoid anesthesia.
      > Sue
      > ----- Original Message -----
      > From: "Sandra Trower" <animalart2002@y...>
      > To: <feline-heart@yahoogroups.com>
      > Sent: Tuesday, October 04, 2005 9:17 PM
      > Subject: [FH] How many tests for heart kitty Cuds?
      > > My 16-year-old cat was diagnosed with hypertension one
      > > year ago, and was "treated" with large doses of
      > > Norvasc and repeatedly tested by more than one vet,
      > > who said his pressure was 180.
      > >
      > > After a referral to a cardiologist, he was diagnosed
      > > with HCM, and had three echocardiagrams within two
      > > weeks- once by a non cardiologist, once by a
      > > Cardiologist, and one recheck, who found his blood
      > > pressure to be normal. He prescribed Atenolol.
      > >
      > > I was concerned about heavy water consumption, so the
      > > cardiologist referred him to an Internist in the same
      > > practice (an emergency clinic). The internist did
      > > bloodwork, which she said was negative for diabetes,
      > > tyroid, kidney, etc. SHE RECOMMENDED THAT I SEE HOW HE
      > > CHF. She said I would have to leave him for several
      > > hours, and that he would have to be anesthetized for
      > > the tests.
      > >
      > > My question to you experienced members is this: Since
      > > Cuds is doing well, would you put him through more
      > > stressful, expensive testing? I plan to return to the
      > > Cardiologist for a recheck next month, which will most
      > > likely result in another echocardiogram. I have also
      > > started weaning him off of dry Wellness, focusing on
      > > canned. Maybe this will help with the heavy water
      > > consumption.
      > >
      > > I should probably mention that he had a brief episode
      > > of Hepatic Lipidosis last year, and recovered after
      > > weeks of assisted feeding and sub fluids. (he had
      > > stopped eating when I went out of town for 5 days.)
      > >
      > > Cuds is very sensitive, and doesn't do well with
      > > strangers.
      > >
      > > I would appreciate any feedback, I know many of you
      > > have had the same decisions to make. Thank you. Sandra
      > >
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