Heart murmur was Re: [FH] Plavix
- Thanks. Maybe our cardiologist was trying to be kind because he was telling us this while our poor Pye was lying there on the exam table but when we told him we needed to have an echo for Keeshu, he said that with older cats (she is almost 13) many times a heart murmur is heard just because as cats age their hearts begin to tilt forward and it's not any kind of heart disease. I've never heard this before and like I said, maybe he just wanted us to feel better.
We did look into pet insurance when the cats were young but the policies we looked at either dropped you when your cat got older than 10 (because older cats are the ones who have the expensive problems) or it became so expensive when the cat got older it made more sense to just set up a savings account of your own and contribute every year.
Maybe I am just still numb and in shock but somehow I feel that there isn't anything really wrong with Keeshu. She gets so scared at the vet's her heart rate gets sky high and she is very squirmy and shivers and he has trouble hearing her heart anyway. Or maybe it's because my Pye is the one that I worried about all her life, ever since she was a kitten and got a fever at age 5 months, of course on a Sunday so we had to go the emergency vet for treatment and I spent all night with my hand cupped over her because I was terrified she would die during the night.
--- In email@example.com, Helen Peterson <sparklejunkey@...> wrote:
> I'm sorry to hear Keeshu has a heart murmur. But remember - it doesn't automaticallty mean she has HCM or any other issues. I would still go ahead with the appt because it's what she needs and the sooner the better for her. (BTW - have you looked into pet insurance? Sure wish I had before my kitties had anything documented on their illnesses!! If I ever get a cat again, I'm getting the insurance, too!)
> Toby was dx with HCM just as I was starting to get a grip on Zima's dx of Renal Failure and allllllll the treatements and appointments that would be taking over our lives for the rest of her life. I was counting on Toby to help me with Zima's passing and now I am going to loose both of them. So it is hard on me to take either of them in for appts because thats always when the bad news comes. But it is what they need, and I will be strong enough to do what's right for them.
> I know you will be there for whatever Keeshu needs, just like you did with Pye. I will be praying that the murmur is nothing to worry about! Keep us posted!
> ~Helen, Zima, & Toby ~
- After two years, Sizzle is becoming very resistant to taking his pills, so I'm trying to combine as many as I can into two liquids. This experiment is beginning with Plavix/Diltiazem. He's getting chicken/marshmallow. Ugh... Wedgewood said the sweet marshmallow would disguise the bitter Plavix. I hope they're right!
On 9/4/2015 8:19 AM, Marsha martia@... [feline-heart] wrote:
That's almost exactly what I do with Brock's Plavix! The local pharmacy
splits them into quarters and puts each piece inside a capsule. I open
the capsule, letting the pill drop into the smaller half of the capsule,
plug it with a Pill Pocket, and wrap the rest of the PP around it. I
tried liquid Plavix from Wedgewood compounding pharmacy, beef and
chicken flavor (yeah, right). That didn't go well.
Marsha & Brock