Our great guy kitty Stinky was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy late last
fall. So far he is only on atenolol and his condition is stable - no
improvement but not worse (had a secondary ultrasound diagnostic in
He sometimes has a rough cough - there was an additional xray evidence
of some kind of mild fluid in the lungs.
Just wondering what input/feedback other people might have with similar
- Hi Cary,
Welcome to you and Stinky, but sorry you are here.
With the fluid in the lungs (pulmonary edema), vets
most usually prescribe a diuretic, lasix/furosemide.
Furosemide is cheap at
the regular pharmacy (expensive from the vet) and
pretty well tolerated
by most cats. With fluid outside the lungs in the
pleural space (pleural effusion) or in the abdomen
(ascites) the fluid often needs to be drained with a
needle. Some people here have found that a
combination of lasix and spironolactone are more
effective than lasix
alone in keeping pleural effusion at bay.
It is important to get this fluid build-up treated
quickly. It tends to get worse and more difficult to
treat with time. It will make it more
difficult for Stinky to breathe and can lead to a
emergency and large vet bills.
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