Re: [FH] Winston- not doing well.
- Hi there,
I had a kitty that had such low potassium that she started walking on her
"hocks" of her back legs, instead of the pads of her feet, and hanging her head
low. She was tired all the time and lethargic. We supplemented with Tumil-K
potassium, and she returned to normal within just a few days. We had to
continue the potassium however to prevent it from occurring again. She was on
fluids so the potassium just kept getting washed out of her body.
When you test for the potassium level in a blood panel, some vets are now
agreeing that even on the low end of normal, it is dangerously low because only
one type of potassium is being measured. The second type of potassium level is
contained in the muscles and can't be tested to see if it's too low. The theory
is that if the potassium level found in the blood is at the end of normal low,
then the potassium found in the muscles can be dangerously low.
Too much potassium is also dangerous, so you'll need to monitor the situation
so that while he gets enough, it's not too much either.
HTH and best to you and Winston,
From: Kristen G <apacheadd@...>
Sent: Mon, August 2, 2010 12:38:47 PM
Subject: Fw: [FH] Winston- not doing well.
This should have gone to the list. Does anyone know anything about low
I have a dog with Addison's disease, so I know that low potassium can cause
muscle cramping and high blood pressure. I have also read about lasix washing
out potassium, which could be what happened with Winston. Maybe Potassium
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From: Melissa Legan <smittyhj82@...>
To: Kristen G <apacheadd@...>
Sent: Mon, August 2, 2010 3:19:50 PM
Subject: Re: [FH] Winston- not doing well.
My vet just left my house, and agrees that there is SOMETHING not right at all
with Winston (motherly intution on my part). We are thinking Potassium too low?
Vet says his bladder is very full, and colon full of poo. Doesnt seem
dangerously dehydrated, but sure is sulky, stiff and lethargic. ANYONE on the
board run into the low potassium thing?? The vet took a urine sample and
bloodwork- i should know what is going on in the morning.
From: smittyhj82 <smittyhj82@...>
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>>Sent: Mon, August 2, 2010 10:46:08 AM
>>Subject: [FH] Winston- not doing well.
>>Winston was 16 nmonths onl last month, and diagnosed at 6 months with HCM.
>>Pretty severe. His current meds are lasix, HCTZ, enalapril, diltiazem, asprin,
>>and nitrobid cream.
>>He had a previous bout of CHF last year, which eventually resolved. He went back
>>into CHF in June 2010. Every 3-4 days I have been giving him sub q lasix instead
>>of oral, as it seems to keep the fluid at bay for alittle while.
>>For the past few days, Winston has been very lethargic, laying in strange spots
>>around the house and just acting very tired.
>>Everytime we go back to vet, he goes back into CHF, so he is kind of on a "no
>>travel" order. Have any of you experience this type of "depressive" period? He
>>is still eating, drinking, and using his potty.
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