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  • Cary
    Hi, 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
    Message 1 of 5 , Oct 5, 2007
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      Hi,

      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
      May).

      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
      cases.

      thanks,

      cary
    • nala nala
      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,
      Message 2 of 5 , Oct 7, 2007
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        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
        respiratory
        emergency and large vet bills.

        Best,

        Nala



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