Re: New member--Vicki & Augie
- To answer one of your questions, yes, Augie could possibly live a
very decent life for months to years. My cat was diagnosed with
mitral valve insufficiency in Jan. 2000 (after an episode of CHF) and
has been on enalapril and lasix since then. He was given 6 months to
2 years to live (as you can see, we are coming up on the 2 year
anniversary). Oftentimes, I thought he wouldn't make it, but he's
still here and happy, as far as I can tell! He does have his ups and
downs. I would highly recommend that you do indeed see a vet
cardiologist or at least an internal medicine specialist and have an
echo done on Augie -- this will give you information on the specific
cause of the heart failure and allow the doctor to prescribe the
appropriate meds. We went to an emergency vet hospital in our area.
--- In feline-heart@y..., athena_37@y... wrote:
> I have been reading posts to this list for the past 2 hours. So
> helpful information, but I'm a bit overwhelmed.
> Augie is my sweet 12-year old Persian. He had a syncopic episode
> last week in the middle of the night where he stopped breathing
> (after a few very alarming meows). It lasted about 2 minutes and
> then he revived . . . the vet wanted to see him in the morning and
> did x-rays and blood tests. Heart was a bit enlarged. Blood work
> was all normal except for one elevated reading which indicated an
> allergic reaction. Vet said it was either feline asthma or heart
> problems. Kept Augie over the weekend and treated him with
> corticosteriods. He appeared to be fine and I took him home Monday.
> Early this a.m. I found him listless with very labored breathing
> (dyspnea) and rapid breathing (tachypnea). His breathing also
> raspy . . . my guess was fluid in his lungs. I don't know how long
> he had been this way. Took him back to the vet who said he was in
> congestive heart failure (which I understand can "cause just enough
> extra work for the heart to push a weak heart into failure". X-
> showed fluid in his lungs and around them (pleural effusion). He
> treated him with an injection of Lasix which had him breathing more
> comfortably late this afternoon when last I heard from the vet.
> The Vet has not suggested draining the fluid . . . is this
> I should ask him about?
> It looks like if Augie pulls through, he does stand a chance of
> living a decent life for a few months to possibly years on heart
> (such as Lasix, enalapril). I've been reading about the herbal
> remedies (dandelion, rutin). Is there any advice that anyone would
> like to offer at this point?
> I've found this discussion list to be a GREAT resource and have
> visited MANY of the websites recommended in your posts. It has
> helped a great deal already!!