Re: New to group and wondering about asthma along with HCM
- Hi there, my kitty Ivy has HCM and asthma. Also my kitty that just passed, Nubis, had HCM and asthma also. I gave them their flovent inhaler (not the rescue inhaler ventolin), a puff in the morning and a puff a night. That seemed to control their asthma very well. I rarely gave them their rescue inhaler, because you want to be careful about not speeding up their heart if it's their heart bothering them and not the asthma.
Ivy does well on her flovet inhaler. I have the aerokat tube that I stick the inhaler on the end of and then give her the puff with the little mask over her mouth. She is very used to it and it doesn't bother her at all anymore.
Also- please remember to never have them give your cat a steriod shot. Cats with HCM can never receive those- it sends them into heart failure, and almost killed my Nubis about 2 years ago. So never let them give your cat a steriod shot. Control the asthma with the flovent inhaler.
Donna and Angel Nubis, and Ivy
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> Hi! I just found this site and my cat, Toby, has had HCM for about 7 years. How did I miss it before, there are so many knowledgable people here with such great info. I was just wondering if anyone has had experience with a cat diagnosed with both HCM and asthma. It seems to be complicating his care because I've had a few occasions when I call to tell the cardiologist that I'm hearing crackling sounds and he says it might be his asthma and to give him his inhaler. This just happened again yesterday and, what do you know, he had his second episode of CHF in 5 months (when the first one happened). So now he's in the hospital again in an O2 tank with IV Lasix.
> I've also noticed that the respiratory sounds seem to happen after he goes in for a check-up (which he had a day before this last episode). So I'm wondering if the stress of the exams triggers something with his disease. That, combined with their inability to see the CHF coming a day before makes me think we should reconsider his management and try to do more from home (have someone come to the house to do lab draws?)
> Sorry to be rambling. We're just trying to reevaluate his care and I was so happy to find this site, so any feedback anyone has would be really really appreciated. Thanks!