Re: Respiration and blood pressure monitoring
- Hi Helen,
Anna's breathing reps are in a good place with between 20 and 28,
maybe just a teeny bit high for a heart kitty. I like to see the
breaths 24 or below, but 28's not too bad. I always worry when they
get into the abdominal breathing too. I feel like they're working
too hard for the breaths when they breathe down there.
>>It might be worth mentioning also that I feel she is a little dry
too, can this affect their breathing at all?
>>Yes, in my experience with crf kitties, when they're dehydrated they
tend to breathe harder too. My angel Sweetie who was crf/chf, when
she was just crf, 3 years before her heart problems began, at times
would breathe hard when she was dehydrated.
I've also noticed with Chris now, that sometimes he will breathe
harder and lower right after eating and drinking. He gets tired
from the effort of eating/drinking and his respiration will go up
for a bit for a while afterwards.
>>If anyone also knows of a means of equipment by which I could
measure her Bp at home I'd really love to hear,
>>A Doppler Ultrasonic Flow Detector machine is what you use to
measure BP on a cat or dog. I bought one like this (Model 811-B)
from Parks Medical in the US.
They're expensive. With all the accessories, it comes to about $800.
You're vet would have to order it for you, because they won't sell
to individuals. You need the machine, probes (infant flat ones),
cuffs, gel and a Sphygmomanometer. Here's the page with the prices
and explanation of the accessories.
http://www.parksmed.com/vet_prices.php If you go down to the middle
of this page, there is a link that says "Blood Pressure Measurements
Here's another site that talks about BP too.
This site has good pictures of using the doppler machine.
It's not difficult to take a BP with the doppler machine. You just
shave a tiny spot on the back of one of their legs, just above their
feet, or around the very base of the underside of the tail. You put
the cuff just above where you shaved on the leg or tail and the spot
where you shaved is where you put the infant probe. You put the gel
on the probe and press that against the shaved area. You listen for
the heartbeat/pulse, and when you hear it and have the probe
positioned properly so you can keep hearing it, then you take the
Sphygmomanometer (the thing with the bulb that you pump) and pump it
until the meter on the Sphygmomanometer goes above about 250. Then
you listen while the Sphygmomanometer lets out the air. You won't
hear the heartbeat/pulse until it gets to the point where it can
read the BP. You want the BP below 160, but I think closer to being
below about 140 is better. At 160 they usually start BP meds.
>>Well, thanks to everyone again for reading another long tome from
me, I so hope to be able to post some better news soon
>>I'll keep you and Ann in my prayers.
Carol, Marcia and Chris, Puddy Boo Punkie MeanMama Misty Snowball
(angels Fritzy Sweetie Ducky Bouncer and Muffy)
"I know you're there...a breath away's not far to where you are."