Re: [FH] Re: use of cholesterol lowering spread in pill administration?
- Hi Judith;
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From: "JudithG" <goldbe50@...>
> Last trip to the vet cardiologist, I was told to not come back as it
> appears that Ruby outgrew her heart murmur. I once again wished him, "may
> >our future meetings be social only."
> Being a nervous mummy, I'm still here.
With Hamlet we find that veterinarians can only hear his murmur on occasion,
which is normal with this type of murmur. What I have learned from DH's
adventures with heart monitors, etc., is that even when a monitor is
attached to your body for 24 hours, there is a good chance that nothing will
show on the monitor, even when there are serious enough problems that
surgery needs to be done. Then, when they put one on me for elimination
purposes, (not supposed to show anything), the monitor DID show AF.
Cardiology is still limited in the tools available, partly because we can't
be attached to monitors 24/7, or alternately the specialty machines are too
expensive, especially for veterinary practices.
So -- don't be surprised if another vet down the road who is doing just a
physical or quick check detects the murmur again. We just found that with
low fat foods Hamlet's murmur seems to be less noticeable and we go through
many checks for him where the vet detects nothing. This has been going on
for years, and he is now 19 years old, so the murmur isn't something to
worry about if you do what you can to keep cardio exercise going, and fat
and sodium content down as much as you can reasonably do.
While I am not on this list for Hamlet, I too will probably stay once
Pepper's defect has caught up with him.
Pat and all the boys
- Ruby belongs to the, heart murmur showed up only when she was agitated type of cat. Her first echo, it took a while to show. This one wasn't with the cardiologist.
She was plenty agitated at the cardiologist and he used his agitate techinique, holding the cat up. Ruby scratched him and had her paws taped. Ruby never scratches (she bites). She's a small cat and it took work to hold her down as she went into her squirm like an eel mode. Getting squirted with the gel didn't help either.
She's a very active cat, great one for zipping around, so I'm not worred about her keeping in shape. I think her diet is good and she doesn't seem to get fat. As she has gingivitis, she sees my regular vet far too often and he always checks her heart.
I also brought my angels aunt, Rosalynde for an echo, as many of her relatives have HCM. Holding her up, no reaction. Squirt with gel, no reaction. One relaxed kitty. Heart is fine. Vets adore Rosalynde as she's a great patient.