Re: HCM / ASTHMA
I am sorry to hear about Kim. If he has HCM, it is advisable that he isn't
given oral steroids as they will increase the risk of heart failure and
fluid in the lungs. If he doesn't respond to them then I would definitely ask
about stopping them. I am very very surprised he hasn't been given anything
for HCM and would seriously consider a second opinion. All my HCM cats
have been taking medications since they were diagnosed, some as kittens and
all are very stable and doing well at the moment. Heart medications reduce
the load on the heart and there are anti clot medications as well. My Trix
was given 2 months to live and this was over 5 years ago. As she progresses
we add more medications.
It is clear he is progressing so I would insist on getting some medication.
A beta blocker is often given as a first line drug for HCM, or an ACE
inhibitor. As he is getting worse, I wouldn't wait for him to be in heart
failure to try treatment. I have never heard of any cats here ever getting no
medications when they have moderate HCM so am very surprised.
For athma there are the inhalable steroids which are heart safe. Did the
respiratory tests reveal a specific bacteria, my Alex wheezed and he had a
specific bacteria on his culture swab which needed a different antibiotic.
Has he had an Xray to rule out fluid on the lungs?
CoQ has helped all my cats, well it certainly hasn't done any harm. They're
been on it for up to 6 years. There is also nattokinase to help reduce the
risk of a blood clot.
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