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Re: My Jack

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  • zan200
    Hi Lisa, My 18 1/2 year old Burmese, Chloe was diagnosed with severe HCM in early November after developing serious breathing issues. Ultrasound showed Chloe
    Message 1 of 6 , Jan 1, 2013
      Hi Lisa,
      My 18 1/2 year old Burmese, Chloe was diagnosed with severe HCM in early November after developing serious breathing issues. Ultrasound showed Chloe to be in complete heart failure with an enlarged heart (3X normal size). Chloe was immediately put on Lasix (furosimide) - it helped for a week or two, but her respiration rate continued to increase, as she again filled up with fluid. The Lasix on its own did not work for Chloe.

      The vet immediately added enalapril and spirolactone along with the Lasix as an emergency last resort effort to save Chloe's life - at this point the vet said Chloe's condition was grave...

      The additional meds began to work almost immediately - Chloe respiration rapidly decreased and she began to improve - subsequent checkups revealed good breathing sounds, free lung space, etc. If ever the Lasix on its own doesn't seem to be working as well for Jack, just know there are other meds that can be added to the Lasix regimen to keep Jack's respiration rate down.

      As far as the constipation issue - Chloe has always been on the constipated side - I've been able to control it fairly well with daily doses of Laxatone. Chloe loves it, so I increase/decrease the amounts depending on what's going on with her "bowel-wise". I give it as a treat after her meds. Don't know if this is of any help, or if you can try using some Laxatone in addition to your Metamucil therapy.

      Sending you and Jack prayers and postive thoughts,
      Suzanne and Chloe

      --- In feline-heart@yahoogroups.com, "lisah2343" <hobgoodlisa@...> wrote:
      > I just found this group and wanted to share a little as well as get some feedback. My sweet boy, Jack, was diagnosed with HCM at the age of 7 months. At the time of diagnosis, the cardiologist said that he probably wouldn't live past 3. He did caution me that cats are resilient and are always ready to surprise! Well, Jack is 9 years old and has had no clinical symptoms until this past November. He has been such a love and a big one at that! He has been in the 26-28 pound range for several years. I limit him to about half a cup of food each day, so I guess genetics played a big role in his size. I am always measuring his breathing rate and started noticing that it was going up. I took him to the vet and was told that he was in the beginning stages of congestive heart failure. While I knew that I was lucky to have had a healthy boy for so long, I was devastated that we were finally going down this path. Since then, his furosemide dose has been increased to about 19mg daily and his breathing rate is back to 28-32 bpm. He seems to be back to his normal self but is having some issues with constipation and isn't eating as much. He still loves his treats and drinks plenty of water. He doesn't care for pumpkin, so the vet told me to try some Metamucil on his food. I started that yesterday and also diluted about 1/2 tsp of Metamucil and gave to him via syringe. I was wondering how long it might take to work. I think he has been eating a bit more today so I haven't given him any Metamucil by syringe.
      > This most recent diagnosis is still so new and I find myself constantly worrying, checking his breathing rate and just wishing he didn't have to go through this. I am so sad and he is back to normal! It is my hope to deal with all of this and enjoy him for as long as I have him...maybe even years.
      > Does anyone have any experience with the constipation issues and some info on how long it takes the Metamucil to start working?
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