Re:new to group - - sorry so long
- Hi Kelly
I am so sorry to hear about Hocus and the problems he is having with heart
failure. It sounds like it is not stabilised and the most important thing
is to get the fluid off his lungs as that will be the main cause of
deterioration. Has the vet mentioned adding a second diuretic like spironolactone?
My cats in heart failure required both to stabilise. Spiro isnt as bad on
Also the aspirin is quite toxic to cats. Trixi was very very ill on aspirin
and we had to withdraw it. Some cats tolerate it very well, but with my
cat there was vomiting, sickness, weightloss and clear discomfort which
cleared up within 36 hours of stopping it. We use plavix for the risk of clots.
Its a risk, yes, she could use aspirin after she threw a clot but her
quality of life was so poor on it we made the judgement to withdraw it with the
I can not give you any definite advice. Pimobendin was a lifesaver for my
girl, but every case is different. Josh had his atenolol withdrawn slowly
when he went into heart failure and is now not on it at all. Atenolol helped
him enormously pre heart failure but seemed to make things worse. Trixi, on
the other hand, needed atenolol.
With a high dose of lasix, potassium supplements is advised. Trixi takes
Kaminox which is a liquid she absolutely loves. Low potassium causes all
sorts of problems.
I think Hocus needs his heart failure stabilising as an urgency. Lasix is
hard on the kidneys, but the heart has to come first to clear the fluid. I
know I would ask my vet for spiro and vetmedin, but that's only from one
experience. I just wish there was a magic answer, but there isn't
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