Re: [FH] Newly diagnosed HCM cat - any advice?
- Hello and welcome!
Nala gave you some excellent advice.
I also found out about my girl the same way that you did. She was given
enalapril, lasix and atenolol (a beta-blocker). Over time as her heart
continued to enlarge, she was also given lovenox which is an injectable
medication used to prevent blood clots. It worked very well as she never
had one - even when her heart was huge. They also added a second diuretic.
Lasix works very well on fluid inside the lungs but sometimes they start
collecting fluid outside of the lungs. For that, spironolactone works best.
Many vets are not familiar with "spiro" and are reluctant to prescribe it
but it's perfect for that. Fortunately, it sounds like Cecil doesn't need
that right now.
I also gave her a lot of supplements. Since she was impossible to pill and
wouldn't take them in her food, I had to choose carefully. The most
important one was CoQ10. She also got salmon oil to help prevent cachexia
or muscle wasting. She got TMG to help her breathing (she also had asthma).
Canned food is very important as dry food (and cheaper canned food) simply
don't meet a cat's nutrional needs.
It's also important that you find a veterinary cardiologist or an internist
with experience treating heart disease. If you haven't seen one already,
see if your regular vet can give you a referral. It makes a HUGE
difference. My vet was thrilled to work with the cardiologist and says she
now has a much better understanding of heart disease.
If you have any other questions, please post them.
And I love "slug spit"!
Sue & Angel Pepper
----- Original Message -----
From: "slugspit" <slugspit@...>
Sent: Saturday, September 01, 2007 2:44 PM
Subject: [FH] Newly diagnosed HCM cat - any advice?
> My 7 year-old cat siamese, Cecil, was diagnosed yesterday (Friday) with
HCM. Although he
> appears to be completely healthy, he went to the emergency clinic Thursday
night with with
> what turned out to be heart failure. His only symptom was fast, shallow
breathing. After a
> day in the vet he's now He's now on enalapril and lasix now, and now acts
like his old self.
> Although this is obviously devastating news, it's still hard to believe
since it seems like he's
> his completely normal... Since this is all very new and I've only done a
couple hours of
> research, I'm wondering if anyone has any advice as to what I can do to
keep him as healthy
> as possible for as long as possible.