RE: [FH] HCM - Kitty after Anesthesia
- Hi...welcome to the group...sorry you have to be here. You'll find many
people with lots of experience (unfortunately). Pixel (12.5 years old) was
diagnosed with obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy with an ultra sound
last February. We didn't even know she had a problem until she was given a
very thorough exam to see if she qualified for a kidney study. There's no
way of knowing how long she's had this heart condition. She takes medication
to help slow the heart and put less stress on it. As of yet, Pixel has not
had a problem with congestive heart issues. She has had dental work done
since her official diagnosis and I suspect previous rounds of dental work
were done before we knew she has HCOM.
With heart kitties and multiple aliment kitties, it's a balancing act. You
have to work with your vet, educate yourself and advocate for your kitty's
unique situation. I'm glad you have faith in your vet because that helps a
lot! It's a shock when you're told your sweet cat has heart issues. For me,
finding this group and educating myself on Pixel's particular health issues
have helped a lot!
You will find many people here who can help answer your questions. Good
Betty Ann &
Pixel (CRF w/HBP & HCOM), Piton, Pipsqueak
Angels: Tandy, Toni, Snagglefoot
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Sent: Thursday, November 19, 2009 1:53 PM
Subject: [FH] HCM - Kitty after Anesthesia
Hi! I am so glad I found your group! I am desperate to find more information
on this subject and to talk to others who may have been through this. I have
a 6 yr old male kitty who has recurring instances of urinary blockages. He's
also overweight at 18 pounds. This last epsisode, I decided to go ahead and
get the PU surgery done on him to help with is urinary issue. Tried all the
diets, watched him like a hawk in the box...etc etc..
He made it through the surgery just fine on Tuesday morning. I had a call
from the Dr at 4PM that day stating that my kitty was not doing well and
that he had a lot of fluid in his lungs. They explained that it was most
likely because there may be an underlying heart condition that was not
detected in any of the pre-op tests. He's been on oxygen and dieretics all
week in addition to other meds. Wed, they did an ultrasound and discovered
his left ventricle to be thickened. Said his heart on the outside looked
normal size but the inside was enlarged. I am very frightened of this and
don't want to lose my kitty.
I have faith in my vet - just can't believe that he is going through this
after what I thought would be a somewhat uncomplicated surgery with normal
after care. Today he looked and sounded better but he's not out of the woods
Has anyone else had this happen after surgery? Maybe it was a good thing I
had the surgery because he had the heart problem without me knowing it?
I just feel so bad for him right now...