Re: My 16-year-old kitty Daphne just diagnosed with DCM
- Hi Stacy,
You're doing a great job with Daphne...Again, to echo what many of the great folks here on the Forum have said, don't take the vet's timeline as something set in stone. My now 19 year old Burmese, Chloe was given days/weeks to live when she was diagnosed with HCM and a severely enlarged heart back in November. Chloe has had numerous ups and downs, is being syringe fed supplemental food and fluids, but is still here 3 1/2 months later.
To make things easier on both you and Daphne, ask your vet if you can give more than one medication at the same time. As I mentioned in another post, using a gelcap, I'm able to give Chloe all three of her heart meds. (enalapril, spironolactone, lasix) in one gelcap all at once. It really makes life easier...
Suzanne and Chloe
Any chance the vomiting occurred after giving the plavix? I just went through a similar thing with my Sheba. I have to makes sure that her Plavix is in a whole pill pocket (I was using a half). I realized that any less creates tummy upset and she will vomit her plavix and dinner up within 15-30 minutes of adminstering the plavix.
When she vomits, it is usually followed by diarrhea too.
So I have been placing her Plavix in half a gelcap pushed inside a whole pill pocket. She chomps it down and keeps her dinner down too. I additionally add pumpkins to her food and the diarrhea will subside in a couple of days.
Her cardiologist confirmed that Plavix can cause tummy upset in 1 out of 10 kitties.
Jordan and Sheba
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