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Introduction: Rupert, 17 years young with HCM and CRF

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  • mjj_007
    Hi All, I am the very lucky Mum to Rupert, whom I found ~ 11 years ago in Toronto. After moving to Michigan 9 years ago, we were fortunate to find a wonderful
    Message 1 of 8 , Nov 1, 2005
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      Hi All,

      I am the very lucky Mum to Rupert, whom I found ~ 11 years ago in
      Toronto. After moving to Michigan 9 years ago, we were fortunate to
      find a wonderful vet clinic with several specialists. Fortunate,
      because three years ago, rather than doing dental work, the vet
      recommended an echocardiogram where we learned that Rupert's long-
      standing heart murmur was actually HCM.

      Since then, my little brave man has been on Atenolol very
      successfully.

      Complicating matters, over this past summer, he peed on the plastic
      draping that contractors had placed over construction work in my
      basement. Fearing a UTI, we took Rupert & a sample to the vet. In
      addition to treating the basic UTI, our wonderful vet (a different
      specialist than the cardiologist who diagnosed HCM), ran bloodwork
      and found early stage CRF, which we are treating with 100 ml sub-Q
      Normosol every other day. He also gets Slippery Elm Bark for acid
      tummy/constipation as well as Tumil-K to maintain his potassium
      level.

      I am so lucky we found the CRF group, as they have led us here, to
      the cardiology group! We'll be 'lurking' in cyberspace, reading and
      soaking up knowledge.

      Best regards & kitty greetings!
      MJ & Rupert & Bimmer (who is 15 yo and currently healthy as a little
      bug!)
      >^..^<
    • Sue B
      MJ, Hi & welcome to the group. Sorry to hear that your kitty is sick, but it sounds like he s in good hands! I can t comment on the CRF but a lot of the cats
      Message 2 of 8 , Nov 1, 2005
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        MJ,

        Hi & welcome to the group. Sorry to hear that your kitty is sick, but it sounds like he's in good hands!

        I can't comment on the CRF but a lot of the cats on the list get supplements including CoQ10, omega oils and l-carnitine. I'll let someone else comment on how they work with the CRF.

        Best to you and your crew!


        Sue




        Hi All,

        I am the very lucky Mum to Rupert, whom I found ~ 11 years ago in
        Toronto. After moving to Michigan 9 years ago, we were fortunate to
        find a wonderful vet clinic with several specialists. Fortunate,
        because three years ago, rather than doing dental work, the vet
        recommended an echocardiogram where we learned that Rupert's long-
        standing heart murmur was actually HCM.

        Since then, my little brave man has been on Atenolol very
        successfully.

        Complicating matters, over this past summer, he peed on the plastic
        draping that contractors had placed over construction work in my
        basement. Fearing a UTI, we took Rupert & a sample to the vet. In
        addition to treating the basic UTI, our wonderful vet (a different
        specialist than the cardiologist who diagnosed HCM), ran bloodwork
        and found early stage CRF, which we are treating with 100 ml sub-Q
        Normosol every other day. He also gets Slippery Elm Bark for acid
        tummy/constipation as well as Tumil-K to maintain his potassium
        level.

        I am so lucky we found the CRF group, as they have led us here, to
        the cardiology group! We'll be 'lurking' in cyberspace, reading and
        soaking up knowledge.

        Best regards & kitty greetings!
        MJ & Rupert & Bimmer (who is 15 yo and currently healthy as a little
        bug!)
        >^..^<


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      • Lisa Clarizia
        Mj, Welcome to the group, though I m sorry you had to join us! Rupert is a very lucky boy to have such a devoted mama! It sounds like he s doing well and this
        Message 3 of 8 , Nov 2, 2005
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          Mj,

          Welcome to the group, though I'm sorry you had to join us!

          Rupert is a very lucky boy to have such a devoted mama! It sounds like he's
          doing well and this is always a great thing :)

          Lisa

          On 11/1/05, mjj_007 <mjj_007@...> wrote:
          >
          > Hi All,
          >
          > I am the very lucky Mum to Rupert, whom I found ~ 11 years ago in
          > Toronto. After moving to Michigan 9 years ago, we were fortunate to
          > find a wonderful vet clinic with several specialists. Fortunate,
          > because three years ago, rather than doing dental work, the vet
          > recommended an echocardiogram where we learned that Rupert's long-
          > standing heart murmur was actually HCM.
          >


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        • Susan Burns
          but a lot of the cats on ... hi all.....just a quickie, but my understanding when roger rags began his supplement regimen is that l-carnitine is helpful for
          Message 4 of 8 , Nov 2, 2005
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            but a lot of the cats on
            > the list get supplements including CoQ10, omega oils
            > and l-carnitine.

            hi all.....just a quickie, but my understanding when
            roger rags began his supplement regimen is that
            l-carnitine is helpful for the brain, and carnitine
            (no l) is helpful for heart problems.....scientist
            lisa???

            "if you live to be a hundred, i want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so that i never have to live without you"....winnie the pooh




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          • Lisa Clarizia
            Hey Susan (and all) Acetyl-L-carnitine is good for the brain -- the L-carnine (no acetyl group) is good for the heart. Lisa (who is busy dissolving coenzyme
            Message 5 of 8 , Nov 2, 2005
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              Hey Susan (and all)

              Acetyl-L-carnitine is good for the brain -- the L-carnine (no acetyl group)
              is good for the heart.

              Lisa

              (who is busy dissolving coenzyme q10 in glycerol for use in cell culture! My
              hands are stained orange now ... gloves might have been a good idea ...)

              On 11/2/05, Susan Burns <mettezla@...> wrote:
              >
              > but a lot of the cats on
              > > the list get supplements including CoQ10, omega oils
              > > and l-carnitine.
              >
              > hi all.....just a quickie, but my understanding when
              > roger rags began his supplement regimen is that
              > l-carnitine is helpful for the brain, and carnitine
              > (no l) is helpful for heart problems.....scientist
              > lisa???
              >
              > "if you live to be a hundred, i want to live to be a hundred minus one
              > day, so that i never have to live without you"....winnie the pooh
              >
              >
              >
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            • Susan Burns
              hey.....how come you always know exactly what i meant to say?...s. Lisa Clarizia wrote: Hey Susan (and all) ... if you live to be a
              Message 6 of 8 , Nov 2, 2005
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                hey.....how come you always know exactly what i meant
                to say?...s.

                Lisa Clarizia <lclarizia@...> wrote:



                Hey Susan (and all)
                >
                > Acetyl-L-carnitine is good for the brain -- the
                > L-carnine (no acetyl group)
                > is good for the heart.
                >
                > Lisa
                >
                > (who is busy dissolving coenzyme q10 in glycerol for
                > use in cell culture! My
                > hands are stained orange now ... gloves might have
                > been a good idea ...)


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              • Lisa Clarizia
                I must be a psychic! :) Lisa ... [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
                Message 7 of 8 , Nov 2, 2005
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                  I must be a psychic! :)

                  Lisa

                  On 11/2/05, Susan Burns <mettezla@...> wrote:
                  >
                  > hey.....how come you always know exactly what i meant
                  > to say?...s.
                  >
                  > Lisa Clarizia <lclarizia@...> wrote:
                  >
                  >


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