Boo Boo 5-6 yrs old heart&kidney: I'm forwarding an email answeres from my Vet
- I email my vet a few Qs, please help me understand how dangerouse this is to
I need help!!!!!!
I am tormented. Life is sooooo unfair:( Help me please!:(
Also please tell me if I should stick with this Vet or should I find another
?? Please help me I feel so miserable. MY life has been a living nightmare.
I don't know how to accept it, back in my mind I am still hoping for this
diagnoses to be a mistake. I try to be optimistic , but it is soooooo
painful for me. I am a full time college student and work part time, I feel
sooooo helpless. I am about 2/3 weeks away from my finals but I can't
concentrate. I don't want to do do anything, go anywhere all I want to do is
find anything to make her life long, beautiful and comfortable! My mind is
killing me. All I do is search, search, search for some kind of cure. Only
if there was magic. My BOo BOO is so important to me, I would give her my
kidney and heart if it was possible! Please help me!
My Questions adn Vet's answers:
why are her blood and urine results more accurate than the sonogram? the
urinalysis did not show any inflammatory cells, nor did we grow any
nor did she have an elevation in her white blood cell count- these all
against active ongoing infection. the ultrasound showed changes in the
and structure of the kidneys that is consistent with infection, infection
that was most likely the inciting cause but may have happened a long time
why does she have a kidney problem? the most likely cause is previous
infection. other causes are kidney stones, renal dysplasia, infarcts,
drugs, concurrent illness, etc....
was it neccessary to do a sonogram of the kidneys? Absolutely.
ultrasonography can aid us in determining the cause of kidney disease,
are multiple causes and some are treatable- if we would have seen stones
within the renal pelvis we may have reccommended surgery to prevent ongoing
how bad is it? boo boo has moderate to severe kidney disease. this
that at least 70% of the function of the kidneys is gone. that being said
she may do well for anywhere from weeks to months to years. there is no way
how accurate is it that she has a problem? unfortunately, very
please tell me what i should do for her.
atenolol 6.25mg twice daily- slows the heart rate and should improve
performance of the heart.
alternagel 1 ml twice daily with food orally ( a substitute for
amphogel- lowers phosphorus)
pepcid a/c 1/8-1/4 tablet once daily- antacid
feed whatever she will eat. i would start with fancy feast,
lives, baby food, turkey, etc..
how is her heart from last week? the rating scheme is based on the
loudness of the heart murmur - if barely audible they get a 1, likewise if
you can feel the murmur with your hand they get a 6. the rating scheme
the murmur, which is turbulent blood flow through a leaky heart valve. the
grade of murmur does not neccessarily relate to the severity of heart
disease. boo boo only has a 3/6 heart murmur, yet has severe heart
all of the questions about amphogel, nephrox, alternagel, - these are all
similar and have similar actions and dosages.
do i have to give her fluids? unfortunately we think fluids will
accelerate the heart disease.
appetite stimulants? yes, but they typically are not successful in
treating renal failure
meds for heart and kidneys and interferance? good question, no.
how long have most of your crf patients survived and do they suffer?
once diagnosed they can survive for anywhere from days to years, each case
different. complications that arise include lethargy, inappetance, weight
loss, vomiting, dehydration, etc....
long life for boo boo? the workup so far indicates boo boo has two
severe clinical problems that antagonize each other, to treat the kidneys
would like them to be well hydrated and to treat the heart we would like
to be mildly dehydrated. both disease processes will progress and boo boo
may not do well long term. in the short term however, there is no way to
know how long booboo will do.
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> Subject: [feline-heart] Boo Boo 5-6 yrs old heart&kidney: I'm forwarding
> an email answeres from my Vet
> I email my vet a few Qs, please help me understand how dangerouse this is
> my kitty!!!!!!!!!!! I need help!!!!!! I am tormented. Life is sooooounfair:
> ( Help me please!:( Also please tell me if I should stick with this Vet orIrina,
> should I find another ??
My wife & I went through a similar situation last year, when our 16 year old
boy, Tabby, was diagnosed with incurable cancer. I don't know you, but I do
know just how you are feeling & I wish there were something I could do to
make everything all right for you. I can well remember the pain & despair.
But I also remember all of the good times we had with Tabby & how glad were
to be with him & give him the love & attention he deserved during his final
As to whether you should change vets, only you can answer that question,
since I don't know your vet. From looking at his answers to your questions,
however, he appears to be giving you very straightforward information.
If you have only had one opinion from a vet, it might be worth taking the
info to another vet to see what he/she says.
> Please help me I feel so miserable. MY life has been a living nightmare.but I
> I don't know how to accept it, back in my mind I am still hoping for this
> diagnoses to be a mistake. I try to be optimistic , but it is soooooo
> painful for me. I am a full time college student and work part
> time, I feel sooooo helpless. I am about 2/3 weeks away from my finals
> can't concentrate. I don't want to do do anything, go anywhere all Icomfortable!
> want to do is find anything to make her life long, beautiful and
> My mind is killing me. All I do is search, search, search for some kindof
> cure. Only if there was magic. My BOo BOO is so important to me, I wouldI wish I had the words that would soothe your pain & cure your cat. When
> give her my kidney and heart if it was possible! Please help me!
Tabby was sick, I prayed that I could take his cancer & that he would live
on. I know of no magic to make this any easier for you.
Here's some thoughts:
1) By all means, find out all you can about Boo Boo's conditions. The more
you know, the better you can help her, no matter the outcome.
2) Treasure every moment with her.
3) Be as strong as you can. Boo Boo neds you right now.
4) While I'm not an expert on CRF or cardiac problems in cats, I do know
that their prognosis is extermely variable. I know of cats that have lived
comfortably for years, with appropriate care.
5) Don't give up hope.
6) Stay in contact with others who are in (or have had) similar situations.
God bless you for loving this girl so much. Boo Boo is always in my prayers
& Tabby (RB), Licorice, Tigger, Lynx