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  • tabbyandpeachy
    ... Hi I use rutin and lasix for my Tabby. Rutin has kept his lungs clear for 10 months now (yippie!!)he gets 500mg 2x daily. You can get rutin at a health
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      --- In feline-heart@yahoogroups.com, "c_myster1" <c_myster1@...> wrote:
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      > Hi, I have two ragdoll sisters; both were diagnosed with HCM two months ago at the age of 14 months.
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      > The breeder did test the mother but not the father and anyway now it doesn't matter much...
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      > I came across this group and started to search for cases that resemble my own but this group is huge and there is a lot to read, so I'll share my story and hopefully I can get some insights.
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      > Two months ago one of my cats Lily started to breathe very fast, around ~45 breaths per minute and our vet was quick to diagnose her case with an x-ray that showed lungs full of water and a slightly larger than normal heart. Since they are sisters, we took them both to do a heart scan and the vet found HCM in both of them, even though our second cat Tasha shows no signs and hopefully never will. Both cases are light and were diagnosed early and the vet (cat's heart disease specialist for the past 20 years) told us that they both have a good chance to live normal lives and die from old age. However, he also told me that since Lily must take diuretic drugs (fusid) it might eventually destroy her kidneys and I should try to lower the dosage from half a pill a day to the minimum dosage that will not make her lungs fill with water again. I monitor her breathing daily and I noticed that with 3.125mg of fusid per day her breath calmed from ~45 per minute to 20-25 per minute and then I lowered the dosage to 3.125mg every other day. Unfortunately she started breathing fast again and she is now back on 3.125mg a day. I'm not sure I will be able to lower her dosage but I will try to lower it to three days with pill one day without and if its good I'll move to two days with pill one day without.
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      > I would like to know if any of you have experience with diuretic drugs (she also takes Enalapril), what should I expect, any food supplements she will need, natural replacements to fusid (if there are any), how long do we have until her kidneys start to fail and everything else you think that can help us.
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      > Your help is much appreciated.
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      Hi I use rutin and lasix for my Tabby. Rutin has kept his lungs clear for 10 months now (yippie!!)he gets 500mg 2x daily. You can get rutin at a health food store or on line (it is fairly inexpensive)
      I use country life name brand.

      It took about 2 weeks for his lungs. to completely clear

      Hope this helps
      Good luck -Patty
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