Welcome to the group. That seems to be a typical waiting time to see a
cardiologist. My regular vet said that she now refers heart patients to the
cardiologist that my cat sees and that most people have to wait 4 weeks to
What symptoms was she showing that she was diagnosed?
Usually we recommend a good-quality canned food diet along with supplements
such as CoQ10 to support overall health. There are many other supplements
too but usually it's best to make changes slowly and introduce them one at a
time. Adjusting to the new medication is the first step. The benazapril is
an ace-inhibitor which will reduce the workload of the heart and let it work
more efficiently with the changes caused by heart disease.
Unfortunately, most vets have very little knowledge of heart disease and
they often predict doom. While we can't promise otherwise, with changes to
support overall health, cats can live a long time with heart disease. My
own girl always surprises her cardiologist. I've gotten the impression
(confirmed by my regular vet) that the cardiologist thinks her lab reports
show that she should be long gone and yet she's doing just fine more than 2
years after diagnosis. Plus she's 13 so that's getting up there - around 60
in human years.
Let your vet know that you think she can hang in there are although you're
prepared, you are not ready to give up.
The best thing to do is look through the message archives and the resources
in the Yahoo group. There's a Word document in the files section on
questions to ask your cardiologist. That might be a good starting point.
Check it all out and then post any questions you might have. That's what
we're here for!
----- Original Message -----
From: "insertcreativehandlehere" <ipsychotica@...>
Sent: Saturday, March 03, 2007 7:09 PM
Subject: [FH] New here, my cat was just diagnosed with an enlarged heart
> She is waiting to be seen by a cardiologist but could be 2 to 3 weeks
> before she can get to the specialist. The vet gave her Benazapril (
> sp ) 2.5 mg a day and a omega 3 supplement. I am wondering what else I
> can do to slow the progression of this disease. Any information would
> be greatly appreciated. The vet was somewhat unhelpful and too focused
> on telling me she is going to die than offering any advice other than
> the gardia specialist. Thanks