Re: Missi - end stage? Inflammation?
- View SourceHi Kim,
I would disagree with your vet thinking that the only reason for a
poor appetite is from end stage heart disease. My angel Sweetie and
our angel Chris had fairly good appetites till the day they died.
Now that's not saying that it couldn't be possible, but there are so
many other things that could be causing it.
Can you post Missi's bloodwork numbers? The most important are the
BUN, Creatinine, Phosphorus, HCT/PCV, and Potassium for the kidneys,
T4 (and a free T4 if you had that done) for the thyroid, and ALT and
ALK Phos for liver values. Maybe there's something there that we
can recognize to help you.
It could be kidneys, could be thyroid. A lot of heart kitties also
have kidney and thyroid issues. It could be maybe that with all the
meds, they're just making her nauseated?
I know that appetite stimulants can elevate a heart rate, they do
with Snowball, but maybe a short course of Cyproheptadine to get her
eating again? I'd try that before I gave in to the idea that this
is "just what happens in end stage heart disease". Even if it is,
who can say how long the "end stage" is going to be? It could be
months. It was with Chris last summer. He was in end stage heart
disease for the last 3 months of his life, and I have to tell you,
except for some scarey times, yes he had some bad times, much of his
time was good and he felt good. We took walks outside every day and
he loved to eat, whether we were syringe feeding him (sometimes I
think he liked that better!) or he was eating on his own.
Maybe try a different food for her. Maybe she'd like something
else...a new flavor or texture? I know that in the end stage of any
disease, one of the things that happens is that they don't want to
eat much...but that doesn't have to be what's going on here now with
Sending healing thoughts,
Carol and Snowball and the gang