Re: [FH] Maggie and I are also new here
Hello & welcome to the group. You must be taking great care of Maggie if
she's already 17.
The medications will often slow the cat down a bit but that varies by the
individual. The disease progression also varies a lot. It seems that the
earlier that a cat is diagnosed and put on medication, the slower it
progresses. There are some cats that have had heart disease for years and
are doing fine.
In the beginning, my cardiologist recommended that I bring Pepper in for
checkups every six months. Now that it's progressed, she's going in every
three months or more often when we encounter issues.
As long as you know what's normal for Maggie (respiration rate and movement
of her sides) then she should be fine. Keep her on a good-quality food and
supplements to support her heart and body.
----- Original Message -----
From: "db4catz" <db4catz@...>
Sent: Monday, August 28, 2006 5:54 PM
Subject: [FH] Maggie and I are also new here
> Hi. Maggie and I are also new here. Maggie is an almost 17 year old
siamese and was
> dx'd in June with mild hypertropic cardio myopathy. I have been lurking
here on a regular
> basis. Maggie was dx'd when she stopped eating by my vet because of her
rapid heart rate
> and gallop rhythm. It was confirmed with an echo. She also has been
diabetic for 6 years, but
> is honeymooning, and boardline CRF for 7 years. (We also regularly check
FDMB) We are
> giving her dilatizen (spelling???) and baby asprin twice a week.
> What should we expect? I realize prognois varies alot. She's eating well,
and gets her heart
> meds via transdermal cream. She still seems to have to "rest" alot, but
can still jump on the
> bed. How fast does the disease progress? Do you regularly have your cats
checked by the vet?
> How often?
> Thanks for your help and for being here.
> Debby and Maggie