Re: [feline-heart] SubQ fluids + HCM, sub-freezing temps
- In a message dated 1/1/02 11:21:33 AM Central Standard Time,
>The danger of giving fluids, likely depends on the condition of the cat and
> I never knew that kitties with heart disease shouldn't get fluids. I
> have been giving Gloria fluids 2-3 times a weekl for 2 years per all
> 4 of the vets at the clinic i take Gloria to....does someone have
> medical infor about this. I am also VERY concerned about taking her
> to the vet for a check-up as temp is approx 6 dgrees windchill with 6
> feet of snow..is it too dangerous to take her outside?
the type of heart condition. All I know is that I have always read cats with
heart conditions should be given fluids only when absolutely necessary, and
with great caution as it can cause worse problems. This turned out to be
true in my cats case, unfortunately. I've also heard that subq fluids are
more dangerous than IV fluids, (with a heart problem) since with an IV, the
fluids can be more controlled. I'm sure there are people on this list with
more experience than I have-hopefully, they will try and answer your
questions as well. Hope this helps.
As far as the temps.-I would warm the car up for awhile, put the cat in a
carrier with a blanket and cover the carrier with another blanket.
- I don't know if there is a blanket ban on giving subcu fluids to
a cat with HCM - but with most (if not all?) heart problems, there
is a problem with fluid build-up, along with the problem of the
more fluid in the body, the higher the blood pressure (if you
have trouble having blood samples taken because your blood vessels
sort of 'disappear', try drinking a *lot* of water just before you
have the test taken).
So - if you *are* going to give sub-cu fluids, you should keep
an eye on the reactions of the cat even more than you would with
a cat without problems. I would give *half* the usual amount of
fluids to start with, and I'd be sure the vet has an injectable
diuretic available (we had to do this with Biscuit, Muffin's
brother - even though she didn't have his heart problem, when
we put her on fluids, she wound up with a fluid build-up in her
- CatWoman wrote:
> diuretic available (we had to do this with Biscuit, Muffin'sBad form to do a followup to yourself - but sheesh - I'm starting
the year out badly!
Bisc was Muffin's *SISTER*!
- Hi Helen..i always appreciate your insights. Although
i don't have #'s handy i remembered yesterday that the
vet said that Gloria's urine tests were more
indicative of the CRF than the blood..i recall being
told there was a major prob with her specific gravity.
The vet's office has been closed because of a massive
snowstorm..i'm hoping to get some more info tomorrow.
--- Helen <helenandcats@...> wrote:
> I mentioned this to you a couple of posts ago. I
> said I couldn't see why you
> were risking stressing Gloria's heart unnecessarily,
> bearing in mind her
> very low CRF values. You said she did better on
> fluids, bearing in mind her
> multiple conditions, particularly her stones.
> The danger with sub-Qs and heart conditions is that
> the fluids can push a
> cat into CHF (congestive heart failure). This is
> very well-known, and it's
> why my website clearly says fluids are not always
> suitable and should only
> be given to CRF cats with heart conditions with
> veterinary approval. I guess
> your vets think the benefits outweigh the risks.
> There are some links you
> can check at my website in the Related Diseases
> Helen, Harpsie, Indie and Karma, and Angels Tanya,
> George and Thomas
> Tanya's UK Feline Chronic Renal
> Failure Information Centre
> > I never knew that kitties with heart disease
> shouldn't get fluids. I
> > have been giving Gloria fluids 2-3 times a weekl
> for 2 years per all
> > 4 of the vets at the clinic i take Gloria
> to....does someone have
> > medical infor about this. I am also VERY concerned
> about taking her
> > to the vet for a check-up as temp is approx 6
> dgrees windchill with 6
> > feet of snow..is it too dangerous to take her
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