Re: [FH] Internist or Cardiologist
- Hello & welcome,
Please give us your name and the names of your kittens when you can.
You're definitely better off going to a cardiologist. When my Maine Coon
girl was diagnosed, it was by an internist. He prescribed a diuretic
(lasix) for her. I found out from this group that giving a diuretic without
using it in conjunction with heart medications is not good. The fluid
builds up because of defects in the heart and without medication for the
heart, the fluid would just keep building up.
I then went to a cardiologist who was wonderful and kept my girl going for
2-1/2 years even though her heart was pretty bad.
Maine Coon cats are so great! Such a shame that they're prone to this awful
disease. When my Pepper was diagnosed, her heart was already enlarged and
she was in congestive heart failure (CHF). You're very fortunate that
you've caught it early. Getting them on medication now could give them a
When you're ready, we can talk about diet, supplements and pilling
techniques. There's a document in the Yahoo group Files section containing
questions to ask the cardiologist at your fist visit. It's the 3rd from the
bottom of the list.
Sue & Angel Pepper
----- Original Message -----
From: "odin2400" <ingle24@...>
Sent: Friday, July 13, 2007 8:14 PM
Subject: [FH] Internist or Cardiologist
> Hello. I'm new here. I have two 7 month old Maine Coon kittens
> (littermates)that my regular vet feels are showing signs of
> cardiomyopathy. Chest x-rays were done and show some signs. He
> referred me to an Internist for a heart evaluation. Would I be better
> off using a Cardiologist? Fortunately, I live in the Cleveland, Ohio
> area and have access to both. Are there any members here who could
> refer a vet they are using? Thanks for any input you can provide.
> I just started reading the posts, so I know I'll be more informed very