Re: Followup on Seymour ... good news!
- Sally was officially diagnosed at the age of 2 with moderate HCM.
She also had a grade III murmur that was first noticed when she was
8 months old. I started her on twice daily Diltiazem and per the IM
specialist's recommendations, brought her in for an ultrasound every
year. Over time, her left ventricle went from 1.8 to almost normal
She is now 13.5, her HCM is still considered moderate, still a grade
III murmur but now she is also taking Lasix and Enalapril for mitral
valve regurgitation. She is also fighting off lymphoma which
doesn't make the situation easier. Her vets were concerned about
her heart deteriorating after two episodes of medication related
CHF, but the cardiologist and IM specialist were both pleasantly
surprised to see that her heart wasn't enlarged and still looked
I haven't tried giving her supplements for her heart. She has IBD
and normally vomits anywhere from 2-3 times a week to daily. She
has had strong reactions to almost every medication I have ever
given her, even antibiotics have made her sick. The only thing she
seem to be able to tolerate is Clavamox. I didn't want to aggravate
things with supplements and she hasn't seemed to need anything other
than the Diltiazem.
Her HCM hasn't kept her from living a normal, healthy life. Yes
she's made a few more trips to the vet than normal and I've gotten
VERY good with a pill gun, but if you didn't know she had a heart
problem, you wouldn't have been able to tell anything was wrong with
her. As long as you have Seymour's heart checked once a year, you
should be fine. You sound like you're pretty in tune with him and
know when something's not right. Keep up with that! Sally's
breaths per minute vary but when she starts wheezing or making a
sound almost like a rusty purr then I know there's trouble. HCM is
not a death sentence! I think you'll have many many happy years
wtih your sweet boy.
Kristi & Sally Maria