Re: Hope for my baby Mia :-)
- Hi Morven
It is vital that Mia gets the fluid off her chest. That may mean an
increase in furosemide or an addition of spironolactone, a second diuretic. Until
the others drugs work, she may need a high dose, but that is a priority.
Benefortin is fortekor, the drug my cats all take. Vetmedin has also been a
life saver. Both of these will help to stabilise the heart. The aspirin
will help prevent clots but not every cat can tolerate it, you'll know if not
as she will be sick. There are alternatives to aspirin if needed.
CoQ 10 helps all my cats with heart problems at 30mg per day. It is from
the health store or as Cardiostrength which is made for cats with heart
Count breaths, see what is normal when she is at rest, sleeping. It should
be about 20 per minute. Up to 30 is normal, over 30 caution and over 40 an
emergency. But the most important is to see what she is like normally so
you can notice changes quickly. Open mouth breathing, double breaths, sitting
up like a sphinx, wheezing are all signs of fluid on the lungs.
Enjoy her! She can still play if she feels like it and enjoy her toys and
some exercise. She is totally unaware she is sick. I used to be constantly
checking mine and worrying, but that worried them. So enjoy every day with
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