Re:My cat has heart failure, now what?
- Dear "Marmammer"
Hello and welcome, but sorry that you had to seek us out.
I am sorry to read about you cat and the travels you must
make to see a veterinary cardiologist. Given the large
distance, perhaps it would be possible to set up some
kind of consultant relationship between the cardiologist
and a local general practice veterinary clinic?
The progression of the disease might depend upon
what particular heart condition your cat has. Many
different heart conditions can ultimately lead to
heart failure. However, there is no one "normal"
disease progression. Each individual is an individual,
so although there might be trends in common, the
individual disease can be quite different.
My own cat had what was described as a textbook presentation
of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. The main difference was
that my cat's disease progressed extremely rapidly. In fact,
the cardiologist mentioned that she had never seen the
disease progress so rapidly as with my cat. Other people
who have joined the heart group have presented cases
quite similar to that of my own cat and their cats actually
improved or have stayed stable for more than a year.
I do not understand how less bloating would be considered
a worse sign. Perhaps what the tech means is that the
fact that you had to add another diuretic or a higher
diuretic dose is unfavorable relative to long term outcome,
although I too find it a success if kitty is more comfortable.
Wishing you both all of the best,
Be a better friend, newshound, and
know-it-all with Yahoo! Mobile. Try it now. http://mobile.yahoo.com/;_ylt=Ahu06i62sR8HDtDypao8Wcj9tAcJ