Re: New member, cat just diagnosed
- Hi Elizabeth,
Welcome to the group. I'm sorry that your Julian has HCM. A lot of cats
can live for years with meds, supplements and a little bit of luck. The
supplements Carol mentioned are used by many of our HCM cats. The only
thing that I would add is to please have a cardiac ultrasound done by a
radiologist who specializes in cardiac ultrasounds. It would indicate
the severity, regions of the heart involved, muscle atrophy, etc..
I've used and do use homeopathy, accupuncture, etc. for my cats and
myself, and some of these therapies may complement the western meds,
but with HCM western pharmaceutical meds are crucial.
A quality wet food that my cats like is Wellness.
May Julian live for many years!!
- Hi Elizabeth ~
My cat, Oliver, has two valve dysplasias (severe mitral and mild tricuspid)
and was diagnosed June 27, 2007, when he showed beginning signs of illness.
We beleive he was born with this condition. He turned three years old on
With his medications and natural supplements we are striving for a longer
life than what the cardiologist beleives. Currently, he is thriving but knows
As far as the natural supplements I give him together with his medications I
would recommend Standard Process. They have a cardiac formula and it is all
natural. Here is the link to peruse:
(http://www.standardprocess.com/display/VeterinaryCatalog.spi?ID=346) and it is sold through veterinarians only.
Best wishes to you and Julian.
Marisa and Oliver
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- Oh yes... I forgot about the Standard Process supplements. We gave
those to Sweetie too. I use many of their formulas.
I buy mine online at http://www.spinelife.com and they're a bit
cheaper from Spinelife than from the vet.
Carol & Angel Chris 9/6/07
Puddy Boo Punkie MeanMama Misty Snowball & Chelsea
(Angels Fritzy '02, Sweetie '03, Ducky '05, Bouncer '06 & Muffy '06)
"I know you're there...a breath away's not far to where you are."
>>As far as the natural supplements I give him together with his
medications I would recommend Standard Process. They have a
cardiac formula and it is all natural. Here is the link to
ID=346) and it is sold through veterinarians only.
- Elizabeth, can you take Julian to a cardiologist or an IM vet for an echo? That is needed to dx his heart condition and develop a treatment plan. I also question why he is on lasix if there is no fluid build up.
Here are a couple of links on the nutritional content of canned food.
Yes there are supplements you can give to help strengthen the heart but first you need to know exactly what the problem is.
Sharyl Pequita and Angel Albert
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- I haven't posted on the group since this first post back in 2007, but I wanted to say that we lost Julian in February. The vet had always told us to look out for coughing, lethargy etc. but there were no signs. We were just laying in bed Valentines morning and heard him running and playing. About ten minutes later we got up, and our baby was gone. The only peace is in knowing that it seems he did not suffer, that it was very sudden. Of course, now I'm wondering if we could have done more. The vet said he would only live 5 to 7 years, but he was only 3 years, 9 months. It was such a shock, and we miss him terribly. He came to us as a kitten, just popped out of the woods one day. Maybe he came because he would have a short life, and at least we were able to give him a good one. He was a very happy, loving cat! I wish we knew exactly what happened, but I did not like the idea of an autopsy. The vet believes that his heart just finally gave out.
As hard as it is to part with anything tied to Julian, I do have some leftover Lasix that I'd be happy to give to someone who can use it. It's the generic version through 1-800-Pet-Meds, Salix furosemide, 12.5 mg. Expiration date is 10/19/10. There are 16 pills left, 4 of which I have cut in half (Julian's dosage was half a pill).
Best of luck to all of you. These are very special kitties, and I'm glad there are others like us who want to give them the best care and make their time here as happy as possible.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Liz" <locolizard@...> wrote:
> Hello all,
> I just joined the group today. My one and a half year old cat Julian
> was diagnosed on Saturday with a heart murmur. It was not present
> when he was neutered last year, so the vet believes it is due to a
> faulty valve. He said he is about a 3 to 3.5 on a scale of 1 to 6,
> so it developed rapidly. He had two x-rays today that are already
> showing some enlargement of the heart and swollen pulmonary tubes.
> They are running a blood test to determine how far along it is and we
> should have the results back in a week. We are starting him today on
> Just looking for some input from those that have been dealing with
> this for a little longer... what we can expect? He is showing no
> signs of illness whatsoever and is very active. We are worried sick
> about him. Has anyone out there tried any of the homeopathic
> treatments available? I have a lot of faith in herbal medicine
> versus conventional and am wondering if I should be pursuing some of
> these options instead of the standard medication.
> I would love to hear from anyone whose cat has lived with this for
> years. What food do you feed him, we currently buy Iams Indoor
> formula and wonder how the sodium content compares to other foods.
> We'd like to hope that he will live a long, healthy life so long as
> we monitor him and provide the best treatment available. We do not
> want to lose our little guy!