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  • dean.burnett
    Hello everyone, I am wondering if you can help me? My beautiful cat, Jack, is just five years old. He went was rushed to the ER two weeks ago as he was
    Message 1 of 4 , Apr 6 9:32 AM
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      Hello everyone,

      I am wondering if you can help me? My beautiful cat, Jack, is just five years old. He went was rushed to the ER two weeks ago as he was lethargic and he had a blood transfusion due to anemia. He seemed to be recovering, but last Thursday, he collapsed and his right, hind leg was paralyzed. I rushed him back to the ER and they think he has a blood clot there. They've done an ultrasound on his heard and don't think he has heart disease but are referring me to a cardiologist this week to be sure. As for the clot, they've not given me any meds for it and have said that in a healthy cat (his bone marrow tests have shown his body to be regenerative and knows it is anemic and producing red blood cells to repair itself and yesterday, his red cell count was 28% and normal is 30% so his doctor is very pleased with that) his body should route the blood around the clot and he ought to get feeling and use back in the leg. I have him home and he is vocal, eating and drinking and I am giving him lots of love and kisses and I just want him to be better.

      What should I get the doctors to do for him? Any advice/recommendations? Someone mentioned echo-cardiogram? What about the MRI? As he is so weak from loss of weight and the anemia, I am hesitant for him to be sedated for the MRI right now but would it hurt them to treat him for a clot with an injection and meds/anticoagulant treatment? Is that ongoing or could it be a on off treatment or a week to give him a boost? The Dr's still don't know where the anemia came from, it's an utter mystery, he tested negative for Heinz body anemia, herbotadella (sp?), parasites, full tick borne disease panel came back negative and he is 100% indoor cat and he didn't injest any toxins or plants or cleaning products or anything.

      Please, anything you can advise me for my baby, I'd be so appreciative of. My personal email is dean.burnett@...
    • Westgold
      hello -- since none of the older members have jumped in yet, I will. The *only* way to tell if a kitty has HCM is through an echocardiogram (with ekg also).
      Message 2 of 4 , Apr 6 11:52 AM
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        hello -- since none of the older members have jumped in yet, I will. The *only* way to tell if a kitty has HCM is through an echocardiogram (with ekg also). There is no other way. And it should be given by a real ccardiologist if you want the real truth. Many regular vets have taken a course in giving and reading echos, but that is NOT good enough. They do not know the nuances that come with having done hundreds of them, etc. This is my personal opinion, but I believe that one of the main reasons that there is so much more HCM now is because although more breeders are echoing their breeding cats, they aren't giving them the best echos. A regular vet will not be able to do this job, and those mass screenings where they do a hundred cats in 2 hours is also not the best. They cannot check everything in such a short time. So the breeder gets an all-clear from a cursory scan, and feels that his kitties are clear of HCM, and goes on to breed them. Numbers of poor kitties with HCM will continue to rise as long as that is what is being done. And of course, some breeders won't even acknowedge the possibility of HCM in their catteries, and continue to breed without even checking their cats at all. Not all cats with HCM will have an murmur, so just checking for that is no help at all. If you want to know Jack's true status, so that heart meds can be started, you will need to take him to a cardiologist for an echo and ekg. The cardiologist will also know how to balance the asthma meds with the heart meds, etc -- Jack really needs a cardiologist asap. Before someone else does somthing else to him that will just make him worse. Where do you live? Maybe someone can suggest a great cardiologist to you.

        take care -- Michelle & Tigger Too, Toronto
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        From: dean.burnett
        To: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com
        Sent: Monday, April 06, 2009 12:32 PM
        Subject: [FH] My cat Jack


        Hello everyone,

        I am wondering if you can help me? My beautiful cat, Jack, is just five years old. He went was rushed to the ER two weeks ago as he was lethargic and he had a blood transfusion due to anemia. He seemed to be recovering, but last Thursday, he collapsed and his right, hind leg was paralyzed. I rushed him back to the ER and they think he has a blood clot there. They've done an ultrasound on his heard and don't think he has heart disease but are referring me to a cardiologist this week to be sure. As for the clot, they've not given me any meds for it and have said that in a healthy cat (his bone marrow tests have shown his body to be regenerative and knows it is anemic and producing red blood cells to repair itself and yesterday, his red cell count was 28% and normal is 30% so his doctor is very pleased with that) his body should route the blood around the clot and he ought to get feeling and use back in the leg. I have him home and he is vocal, eating and drinking and I am giving him lots of love and kisses and I just want him to be better.

        What should I get the doctors to do for him? Any advice/recommendations? Someone mentioned echo-cardiogram? What about the MRI? As he is so weak from loss of weight and the anemia, I am hesitant for him to be sedated for the MRI right now but would it hurt them to treat him for a clot with an injection and meds/anticoagulant treatment? Is that ongoing or could it be a on off treatment or a week to give him a boost? The Dr's still don't know where the anemia came from, it's an utter mystery, he tested negative for Heinz body anemia, herbotadella (sp?), parasites, full tick borne disease panel came back negative and he is 100% indoor cat and he didn't injest any toxins or plants or cleaning products or anything.

        Please, anything you can advise me for my baby, I'd be so appreciative of. My personal email is dean.burnett@...






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      • elfinmyst@aol.com
        Hi HCM can also be secondary to anaemia. It sounds as if Jack had a clot after the transfusion and it stuck in the femoral artery. You were very wise to have
        Message 3 of 4 , Apr 7 11:11 AM
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          Hi

          HCM can also be secondary to anaemia. It sounds as if Jack had a clot after
          the transfusion and it stuck in the femoral artery. You were very wise to have
          him seen immediately.

          A blood clot does not get better on its own... and the femoral artery can
          not be bypassed. If his leg is cold and paralysed, the tissue will die and go
          gangrenous. I am sorry if this sounds scary, but it's very very important. He
          needs a clot treating immediately with something like heparin and morphine if
          he's in pain. I would seriously ask for an emergency cardio referal today..
          and get a second opinion on the clot.

          Is Jack a pedigree? I`m asking because they can have blood group B and if
          given an A transfusion, there would be problems.

          He's had the ultrasound and that was normal, yes? That would rule out HCM,
          but anaemia can cause heart problems. That definitely needs treating. You also
          need to know why he is anaemic.. has he had an accident, and is he passing
          any blood?

          Unless that leg seems to be an accident, he needs treatment NOW or he may
          lose his leg..

          Lyn..


          _www.myfurkids.co.uk_ (http://www.myfurkids.co.uk/)


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        • elfinmyst@aol.com
          Hi In the UK, heart screening can only be done by a registered cardiologist with the Feline advisory bureau.. not sure if you are UK, but only a specialist can
          Message 4 of 4 , Apr 7 11:13 AM
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            Hi

            In the UK, heart screening can only be done by a registered cardiologist
            with the Feline advisory bureau.. not sure if you are UK, but only a specialist
            can issue a breeder's certficate.

            Lyn :)

            _www.myfurkids.co.uk_ (http://www.myfurkids.co.uk/)


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