Re: [feline-heart] New intro...
Not all vets charge high prices for an ultrasound. I just had one done for Munchie, and it was only $45. The vet also ran an EKG strip (several actually) and it was $45 also. I would ask around and get some prices.
Warner Robins, GA
Sent: Tuesday, November 06, 2001 3:43 PM
Does anyone have any suggestions as to what else I can do? Should I
ask the vet about giving her a tiny bit of baby asprin once a week or
so? What else is involved in an "official" diagnosis of heart
disease? What sort of cost is involved?? I really, really wish that
was not a factor, as I love my little fuzzer down to the whiskers and
would do anything for her, but I think I need to provide her with a
roof over her head and food in her belly first and foremost.
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- Welcome to the group, Kristin & Joey,
I think many others will tell you this: you should find a vet cardiologist
in your area and get an ultrasound and possibly an xray for Joey so you can
see where his heart is at. Then you can make better decisions on treatment.
Re: cost - it varies a lot from vet to vet. My vet now charges $260 <
=:0 > for an ultrasound which I think is on the *very* high end of the
scale. I think it's because they are part of VCA. :(
On the plus side, we only do one a year at this point so I can budget for it.
- I'm sorry to hear about Joey. As someone else suggested you
really shoud take her to a vet cardiologist for further diagnosis
& a treatment plan. It's the best advice I can give.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Kristin [mailto:kserenda@...]
> Sent: Tuesday, November 06, 2001 10:43 AM
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> Subject: [feline-heart] New intro...
> Hello to the group!! Just wanted to send a quick intro
> and some
> questions... My little girl, Joey has reached that age
> (14) where her
> health is not something to take for granted. She was
> just diagnosed
> as hyperthyroid and as soon as we started treatment,
> (?), her back legs started swelling up and her breathing was
> very "wet". She went back to the doctor and he
> diagnosed a heart
> problem, but we did not do any further testing and the
> only thing he
> did was to perscribe Lasix to try to eliminate some of
> the fluid
> build-up. I stopped her Tapazole, per the vet's
> suggestion, to rule
> out side effects. Her swelling seems to be down, and
> her breathing
> seems better (but she seems to have her good times and
> bad), so I am
> going to ask the vet about re-starting her on Tap at a
> lower dose
> (she was on 5 mg once a day).
> Does anyone have any suggestions as to what else I can
> do? Should I
> ask the vet about giving her a tiny bit of baby asprin
> once a week or
> so? What else is involved in an "official" diagnosis of heart
> disease? What sort of cost is involved?? I really,
> really wish that
> was not a factor, as I love my little fuzzer down to
> the whiskers and
> would do anything for her, but I think I need to
> provide her with a
> roof over her head and food in her belly first and foremost.
> Thank you, everyone for being here and being such a
> wonderful support
> network (we started with the Geriatricat group, then
> on to the hyper-
> t group, and now, here we are... :-)
> Best wishes to all...
> Kristin & Joey
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- Welcome to the group. You should be able to find a lot of useful information
here. Heart disease is common in hyperthyroid cats, as an out-of-control
thyroid stresses the heart. Some cats with both thyroid and heart disease
shown improved heart function after the thyroid problem is addressed.
Consequently it wouldn't be a good idea to stop the trapozole. However, the
nature of the heart disease needs to be addressed so medication and treatment
can be prescribed (not just lasix). My cat never had a murmur, even though
see had advanced disease and only lived 6 months, so the absence of a murmur,
shouldn't negate the need for a thorough heart examine. A chest film will
show if the heart is enlarged. After that an ultrasound should be done to
determine the thickness of the heart, size of the ventriles, valve problems,
and presence of any clots in the heart. Some people have paid a lot for an
ultrasound, but I shopped around until I found a local vet hospital that had
the equipment in house and only charged $85. It will be more expensive if
you have a consult with a vet cardiologist. After the heart is examined,
medication can be prescribed to lower/raise the blood pressure and
increase/decrease the heart rate, depending on the diagnosis. Rear leg edema
is indicative of a particular form of heart disease, but I can't off-hand,
remember which. Regardless of the course of treatment prescribed, start your
cat on CoQ10 supplements, 50 mg a day, in an oil base. Prick the capsules
with a pin and squeeze the oil in your cat's food or on his fur -- he'll lick
it off as a part of his grooming. It's proven very effective in both human
and animal trials for advanced heart disease. There's no conclusive evidence
that aspirin prevents clots in cats, though I kept Kira on them. Good luck!