Re: [FH] Hannah & open-mouth purring
- Hi Michelle,
My 17 year old scottish fold does this...he is in renal failure and congestive heart failure with HCM...he started open-mouth purring late in life (although he has been doing it several years now). When he really gets going, his mouth is slightly open, with tongue part way out. Nothing to worry about, unless she is open-mouth breathing.
Karen Plasket, DVM
From: jakemcconn <mprofant60@...>
To: feline-heart <email@example.com>
Sent: Wed, Nov 7, 2012 5:24 pm
Subject: [FH] Hannah & open-mouth purring
Some of you may remember my writing about Hannah earlier. She is 16 with controlled high blood pressure, blind, pancreatitis, CRF, a heart murmur, has an etube due to anorexia, and what I was told was an enlarged heart. She also has a raspy purr that when it really gets going becomes an open-mouth purr. She saw the cardiologist who took x-rays. He says she has a dilated aorta due to the hypertension and a grade 2 heart murmer, but not an enlarged heart. She has been through quite a bit from a major infection at her etube site to a current bout of pancreatitis. But the open mouth purring still occurs. She doesn't open mouth breath at any other time, her respiration is fine, her blood pressure is under control. I don't understand what is causing this. Could she have esophageal damage from acid backing up? (This purring started before the etube). The cardiologist wasn't worried about it, didn't suggest a follow-up and my regular vet doesn't seem too concerned ag ain. Has anyone had anything like this occur?
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