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Re: [FH] Kitsu (DCM, CHF) has been up and down

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  • michaela.lemon@ntlworld.com
    Lots of love to Kitsu and you. Michaela ... Email sent from www.virginmedia.com/email Virus-checked using McAfee(R) Software and scanned for spam
    Message 1 of 6 , Jun 26, 2008
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      Lots of love to Kitsu and you.
      Michaela
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      > From: Renee Babcock <rbabcock@...>
      > Date: 2008/06/26 Thu PM 02:43:57 GMT
      > To: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com
      > Subject: [FH] Kitsu (DCM, CHF) has been up and down
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      > Hi all, my little guy Kitsu (DCM, CHF) has been really up and down lately.
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      > About 2 weeks ago, he was very weak, and bloodwork showed his potassium was very low as were his white blood counts. He had gotten an infection in his paw from an ingrown claw, and the antibiotics knocked that right out. I also have been giving him some Petinic when he'll let me (which isn't often), and I doubled his potassium supplement (he now gets a full tablet every day). He rebounded great, and had about 10 days where he felt wonderful, and was eating like a hog! He had so much energy. (In addition to these med changes, he's also on digoxin, 500mg of rutin a day, pimobendan, 12.5 mg of lasix/day [half a pill twice a day], and I'm giving him nitroglycerin in his ear 3 times a day for the next few weeks. This poor guy puts up with so much from me!)
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      > Then Sunday night he had some pretty bad coughing episodes. I was able to get those under control with a couple injections of lasix (in consultation with his cardiologist), and we got over the immediate problem, but he just hasn't been feeling well since.
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      > I took him to see Dr. Jones on Tuesday, and she put him in oxygen for several hours and nebulized him, and it helped some, but not a lot. He still had labored breathing, but wasn't coughing and he does get stressed going to the vet, so the labored breathing wasn't unexpected. And while he was there, he was resting comfortably and was curious about everything.
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      > Dr. Jones found only minimal fluids in the chest (about 15 ml, much better than I was expecting!), and his heart rhythm was normal for the first time in months (he's had atrial fibrillation since he was diagnosed last Sept)! But his breath sounds were harsh, so she says he could have some fluids in the lungs although she didn't hear any, or his lungs are just working harder to get in oxygen because his heart is working so inefficiently.
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      > So, I'm now nebulizing him at home twice a day to help him breathe easier. Going into the carrier freaks him out, but I immediately give him a big plate of Fancy Feast as soon as I let him out, and this morning he didn't fuss too much and went right for the food as soon as I let him out. I think it's helping a little, but he's still breathing harder than I'd like to see him doing, although it didn't seem as much this morning as it has been. But he still has a great appetite, and seems happy and loves his cuddles so I'll just give him what I can.
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      > I have a feeling (and I hope I'm wrong, but I know the reality of his situation) that I may not have much time left with him. His heart chambers are so enlarged, and his little heart really has to work hard to pump the blood. It's been a little over 9 months since his diagnosis, and he has exceeded the expectations of his cardiologist.
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      > Right now he seems happy (except at pill time), so I'm not going to make any decisions. I hope that when the time comes, he'll let me know, but I know it's not right now. Kitsu is probably my most favorite cat I've ever had. I love this cat like I can't even tell you all!
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      > Meanwhile, I was supposed to go out of town this weekend for a convention and I've had to cancel that trip. Kitsu is so shy, no one would be able to medicate him, and I can't afford to board him (where I board him is wonderful and they have a vet 24/7, but it's also $45/day, which isn't in the budget for right now).
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      > I'm still taking tomorrow as a vacation day, and I'm thinking I'll go get my hair done, get a pedicure and then go see Sex in the City. Or stay home with a bottle of wine and a couple of good books.
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      > Renee
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