Re: [FH] advice about subq fluids urgently needed
In converting your numbers to ones that I understand (I did not know you were in the UK - I divided your number by 88.4 to get US values), Rigsby's numbers still aren't that bad. You have to look at the BUN and Phos numbers too. If those aren't too out of wack, I wouldn't give fluids either right now, just because of the huge complications that could arise. If you get Rigsby eating and drinking (most important) his kidney numbers could get a little better too.
I still think the heart should be your number 1 concern right now. Just FYI, kidney and heart problems often go hand in hand and no one can tell you which causes which. My Angel Alec had both and it was a juggling act. It is very hard. I hope that the acupuncture helps him, others in the group have written of success with it. Are you on the feline assisted feeding group http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/Feline-Assisted-Feeding/%c2%a0and the feline CRF group http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/Feline-CRF-Support/%c2%a0?
Leah and her cats and Angel Alec
--- On Tue, 12/29/09, Ruth Aitken <jruthaitken@...> wrote:
From: Ruth Aitken <jruthaitken@...>
Subject: Re: [FH] advice about subq fluids urgently needed
To: "Leah Ferron" <leahandhercats@...>
Date: Tuesday, December 29, 2009, 12:51 PM
I use those numbers 349 etc because I am in the UK. I am not sure how to translate to american values.
the vets didn't want to give fluids and still don't because they belived (wrongly in my view) that he was in heart failure. my belief is he had a terrible reaction to amlodipine because he had undiagnosed heart disease - this caused him to form and then throw the clot. it also caused the heart to gallop and beat abnormally. I also think that the fluid in his lung was put there by me during the week he was taking amlodipine because his whole system slowed down. he doesn't actually have high blood pressure but was prescribed amlodipine by my vet for a week before I took him back complaining that he was slowing down and retaining fluid.
this afternoon, my vet says his heart rate is returning to normal and in about three weeks the amlodipine should be out of his system - she suggests retesting everything then. his consultant is back at the start of next week so I will call her and get him reassessed. without fluids I don't think his kidneys have much long term hope.
my vet saw him walking today and she is hopeful he will get some movement back and she has agreed to refer him for acupuncture to help with the pain. I just have to make sure he keeps eating now!
thanks for your concern
all the very best
Ruth and Rigsby
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