Re: POSSIBLE HEART ISSUE FOR CRF KITTY - NEW - ANY HELP APPRECIATED
- Hi MB
It sounds very much as if Buddie has gone into heart failure due to excess
fluids. If her siblings had HCM there's a 50% chance she has it too. The
most important consideration now is to get the fluid off her lungs and treat
the heart failure and that is preferably by diuretic. She may need to have
a chest tap, but the lasix may be able to control it as well.
Balancing heart and kidneys is not easy, but it is possible. The heart has
to come first, lasix does make the kidneys less efficient but once the
effusion is dealt with it can be reduced dose. I`m sure someone here will be
able to help you, but I`ve never had to give fluids and lasix at the same
time to any of my cats.
If she is lying comfortably and not breathing over 30 at rest, she's
comfortable. Another drug to ask your vet about would be fortekor as that
supports both the heart and the kidneys. She likely needs something to help her
heart to become stable.
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