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>From: "darlenehandley" <dehandley@...>
>Subject: Re: Helmet
>Thank you for the words of support. Helmet was living with my Mom
>when he came down with IBD; but I know he was mainly throwing up and
>just no appetite. His stools might have been loose, but no blood.
>He had a laparascopy done at CSU vet school, where they took
>biopsies of his intestines, lymph nodes, and liver. They started
>him on Leukarin (mainly because his intestines had been biopsied).
>They needed to heal before they could start him on Pred. After two
>weeks of healing (and making it past the critical stages of
>healing), they started him on the Pred about 2.5 weeks after the
>They put him on 5mg EOD for two weeks, then 2.5mg EOD for two weeks,
>then 1.25 EOD for two weeks, then 1.25 twice weekly. The Leukarin
>was every other day for the first two weeks, then twice weekly. I
>would think if problems were going to present themselves, it would
>have happened early on not 1.5 months into therapy (especially when
>the dose was being reduced). And, typically, from what I've
>learned, caution should be taken with Pred when the kitty is in
>heart failure where if Pred is taken, it's possible for fluid
>retention. After just speaking with the Cardiologist who performed
>his echo, in April, Helmet had MILD heart disease and was nowhere
>near heart failure. She was actually shocked to hear of his passing.
>Also, Atenolol does have side effects, but, typically the worry
>there is if you stop it abruptly.
>So, now it appears I might be looking at an arrythmia. From what I
>understand, arrythmia's can be detected primarily through EKG.
>Cept, no one prescribed routine EKG's for Helmet. I think one was
>done along with the initial echo at the vet school, but I don't know
>for sure. I'm not sure they recommend routine EKGs unless they have
>some reason to suspect the possibility. If anyone has information
>on this that would be very helpful.
>--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "starbright102005"
>> First i am soooo very, very sorry for your loss. You sound like
>>such a good , kind , carring person . My kitty Stragles has IBD ,
>>vet trying to treat it for that , i see blood also in her fecal's
>>and she scoots on the floor and blood on that also. I tried the
>>acidolphis , i do not think it is working, b-12 injections as well.
>>I am to my wits end, does anyone know a good probotic? Vet wants to
>>try pred, to parinoid to go that route with her HCM.Any sujestions
>>would be graetly appreciated. I will say prayers for you. My heart
>>goes out to you. May you find peace and comfort . I am so sorry
>>you are suffering over this. Rember you are a "good" cat mom. Take
>>good care and bless you always... Carole