Sub Q fluids and HCM Harley
- My cat, Harley, has both pancreatitis and the beginning stages of HCM - no medications for the HCM as yet. He is to have another echo in June. For the pancreatitis it has been suggested that he get sub-q fluids. Somewhere I thought I read that sub-q fluids should not be given to heart patients but I might be wrong.
- Hi Jean
You can give fluids to cats with HCM but with great caution. Giving fluids
can push them into heart failure. Pancreatitis is difficult to treat and
the usual is steroids, but again they are unsuitable for cats with heart
problems I would take the advice of the cardiologist and try and balance the
Wait until you cat is sleeping and count breaths (15 seconds and times by
4) Find waht is the normal rate and what looks normal breathing. If, after
fluids, the rate increases or there are other changes, you can act quickly.
Over 30 minute is concern, over 40 emergency.
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