Kitsu had a recheck ultrasound yesterday (CHF, DCM)
- Hi all, yesterday afternoon Kitsu (CHF, DCM) had
another ultrasound. The results werent as good as I
would have liked, but there has been some improvement.
His heart chambers are still quite dilated and he
does have a very slight murmur. His heart rate was
very fast, but even with kitty valium, he was really
anxious, so that could certainly account for that. He
also had about 20 mls of fluid in his chest (he had 2
chest taps a couple of weeks ago, about 12 days
However, his lung sounds were normal. The
contractility of the ventricles has also improved, but
still below normal. Last week, after getting the
digoxin level test, his dose was increased, so I
expect that to continue to improve (I got the digoxin
compounded into capsules, and that's so much better!).
Dr. Jones did change his meds a little. She added a
new medication Pimobendan, to his treatment plan (to
strengthen contracitility and it's also a vasodilator)
- as a result, his enalapril has been cut to 1/4 pill
per day. And she did have me discontinue the
So, Kitsu is now getting 9 pills a day 5 in the
morning, 4 in the evening (he's on lasix 1/2 12.5 tab
2x daily, although every other day he gets an
injection in the PM, digoxin 2x daily, enalapril,
rutin 2 times daily, the pimo, plus azithromycin for
Oh, BTW, we have discovered Pill Pockets! These are
the greatest invention EVER! I may be the last person
on the planet to have discovered them, and none too
soon! Some of his pills are too big, so I just kind of
squish the PP around the capsules Kitsu doesnt
care. He thinks these are the best thing ever! He
gobbles them right up, and couldnt care less that
hes been medicated. The past few days have been a
Oh, and I have to say it again: I love Dr. Jones and
her staff (I'm in Austin). They are so loving and
gentle with their patients (Dr. Jones and Denise, the
tech who helped yesterday were both giving Kitsu lots
of smooches and cuddles). Im sure its partly
because the patients they see are so ill, but heck,
they obviously love their patients, too!
Kitsu will be going back to see Dr. Jones in 2 weeks
for another ultrasound (the day before I fly out to
Baltimore for a business trip). I hope that with
these most recent changes in his medications, and the
much easier method for delivery of his meds, this next
checkup will be even better.
BTW, Kitsu was playful this morning I havent seen
that in a while! He found a straw and wanted to have a
go at it, so that was nice to see. Then he laid on
his side (I know thats a positive sign, because he
couldnt do that before with all the fluids in his
chest) and demanded I pet him. So, I obliged.
I'm curious, is there anyone on this list also dealing
with DCM, and if so, what have your experiences been
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It sounds like a good visit to the cardio! Although you may feel the visit wasn't as you hoped for, we haved learned in this group that a visit that doesn't show a progression of the disease and actual improvement to be an awesome visit! I am glad to hear that the meds are working for him.
There have been several people in the group that have used the pimobendan so hopefully others that used it will chime in on it. There have been good results in dogs with DCM and pimobendan but not much research has been done on kitties with it.
There is more than one flavor of Pill Pockets so you may find you need to change flavors after a while. Some kitties get tired on using the same treats. Just FYI. But glad to hear that they are working for you. I have a few of my kitties that like the Pill Pockets too.
Keep up the good work.
Leah and her cats and Angel Alec
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- Leah, thanks for the perspective. I know I need to be
more patient, but it's so hard, when all I want is for
Kitsu to be well. I'm hoping that with the fine
tuning of his meds, the next ultrasound will be even
better (it would help me feel better about having to
go out of town for a week, that's for sure!).
Dr. Jones did tell me Pimobendan had been approved for
dogs, but she doesn't think it'll ever be approved for
cats, because she says the market is so small. But
she's had really good success with the cats she's
treating, so I remain hopeful.
Oh and the Pill Pockets - Kitsu loves both the chicken
and salmon flavors! Just about nibbled my fingers off
this morning trying to take them from my hand!
--- Leah Ferron <leahandhercats@...> wrote:
> It sounds like a good visit to the cardio!
> Although you may feel the visit wasn't as you hoped
> for, we haved learned in this group that a visit
> that doesn't show a progression of the disease and
> actual improvement to be an awesome visit! I am glad
> to hear that the meds are working for him.
> There have been several people in the group that
> have used the pimobendan so hopefully others that
> used it will chime in on it. There have been good
> results in dogs with DCM and pimobendan but not much
> research has been done on kitties with it.
> There is more than one flavor of Pill Pockets so
> you may find you need to change flavors after a
> while. Some kitties get tired on using the same
> treats. Just FYI. But glad to hear that they are
> working for you. I have a few of my kitties that
> like the Pill Pockets too.
> Keep up the good work.
> Leah and her cats and Angel Alec
> Be a better Heartthrob. Get better relationship
> answers from someone who knows.
> Yahoo! Answers - Check it out.
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