lucy was just diagnosed with congestive heart failure
- the vet stabilized her and sent her home last night at 7 pm. i had no
idea she was sick until she suddenly appeared bloated and was having
difficulty breathing. in the 12 or so hours she was at the vet they
removed almost one cup of fluid from around her lungs. once the fluid
was removed her breathing became normal. we are home now and she has
had two doses of her diuretic (furosemide) but still has not urinated.
i've watched her drink water several times. i have water bowls in
every room of the house because i know how important it is that she
drinks and i also know how weak she is. i want her to go to the
bathroom because i am so worried the fluid is building around her
lungs. she is not breathing as heavy as she was the night i knew
something was wrong, but she is breathing heavier than her healthy
sister. about 37 breaths per minute on my last count. how long did it
take for the diuretic to start working with other's kitties? any
advice would probably help ease my mind.
Sorry I don't know your name. You may want to ask your vet about spironolactone in addition to the furosemide(that's the generic for lasix). Spiro helps with fluid in the pleural space as Lucy has and the lasix works on the fluid in the lungs. Normal breathing rates are generally from 20-30/minute for a kitty. 37 is high and probably means that fluid is retaining again. Be sure to count the breathes at a rest time preferably sleeping but not purring or dreaming (as this will increase the rate). Count several times a day. Lasix is a quick acting drug and when given by pill, it should start working within 20 minutes or so. Lasix works in the body for 6 hours so in bad cases of fluid build-up, lasix can be given 3x/day.
You will also want to see a vet cardiologist asap. Lucy needs an echocardiogram to figure out what type of heart problem she has and she needs to be put on heart meds in addition to the lasix. If a cardio isn't available in your area a internal med vet may be able to do an echo.
If at any time you are concerned about Lucy's breathing, call your vet asap or take her to the ER. I hope this info helps and be sure to ask any questions that you have for the group.
Leah and her cats and Angel Alec
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