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Re: [FH] Re: New Member! Carefully monitoring Tabitha's breaths (HCM + CHF) 4 yrs old

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  • mmayer11@aol.com
    Dear Yvette, So glad to know Tabitha escaped a close call. Lasix can be a life saver for heart cats, but as you are finding out, dosing and frequency are
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      Dear Yvette,
      So glad to know Tabitha escaped a close call.
      Lasix can be a life saver for heart cats, but as you are finding out, dosing and frequency are tricky...each cat is different and will have different levels of need over time.





      Marianna




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      From: Yvette Lara <breathes4tabs@...>
      To: feline-heart <feline-heart@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Fri, Aug 24, 2012 6:37 am
      Subject: [FH] Re: New Member! Carefully monitoring Tabitha's breaths (HCM + CHF) 4 yrs old





      Thanks so much for the welcoming and encouraging replies.

      Tabitha & I continue on this journey on working closely with her cardiologist in finding the right dosage of meds specifically the magical amount of Lasix. We are in week 4 with weekly check ups and Tabs continues to have a small amount of residual fluid in her lungs from her initial ER stay 4 weeks ago when she was in heart failure.

      Just last night even though she & the doctor felt Tabitha was improving in regards to the decrease in fluids, her breathing began exceeding 40 counts pet minute to 50. Needless to say I iimmediately took her to the ER where they gave her oxygen & lasix via an I.V.

      I appreciate the response that reminded me that even though our beloved pets may be on Lasix fluid can still build up quickly. Tabitha is currently on Lasix 0.45/ml every 12 hours & weighs 8 lbs.

      It's easy to think & get caught up in the Tabitha is doing better state of mind and then feel like we took 2 steps backwards last night. Thankfully I checked on her this morning & she is doing much better & will more than likely be released later this afternoon. I will regroup with her cardiologist today to discuss next steps in terms of tweaking yet again her meds.

      I am cautiously optimistic & wondering if others in my support group have experienced what I am terming as a minor setback (the fluid buildup) from last night that sent her to the ER. Is this common? What feels like an emotional roller coaster ride in the initial stages of establishing the right amount of meds for Tabitha?

      Is lasix & finding the right amount the tricky part?

      Gratefully, Yvette & Tabitha (Houston TX)

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