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  • elfinmyst
    Hi all Milli is in the emergency. She was violently sick after breakfast. She has had an ear infection or problem for a while and she was quite stable and then
    Message 1 of 8 , Dec 18 4:47 AM
      Hi all
       
      Milli is in the emergency. She was violently sick after breakfast. She has had an ear infection or problem for a while and she was quite stable and then was sick again and it crashed her into heart failure. By the time she was at the vet her breathing was 70+ and heart rate changing from 160-240. Fluid and crackles in both lungs. So she is on oxygen and given IM lasix and will be given more in 2 hours as needed. Milli has been in CHF before but never as bad as this
       
      lyn
       
    • Laurie Stead
      Lyn - Oh no!  I am saying a prayer for Milli.... been there and its so scary.... Milli is a trooper and getting the best care right now.  Keep us posted!!
      Message 2 of 8 , Dec 18 5:10 AM
        Lyn -

        Oh no!  I am saying a prayer for Milli.... been there and its so scary.... Milli is a trooper and getting the best care right now.  Keep us posted!!

        Laurie



        On Wednesday, December 18, 2013 7:48 AM, "elfinmyst@..." <elfinmyst@...> wrote:
         
        Hi all
         
        Milli is in the emergency. She was violently sick after breakfast. She has had an ear infection or problem for a while and she was quite stable and then was sick again and it crashed her into heart failure. By the time she was at the vet her breathing was 70+ and heart rate changing from 160-240. Fluid and crackles in both lungs. So she is on oxygen and given IM lasix and will be given more in 2 hours as needed. Milli has been in CHF before but never as bad as this
         
        lyn
         


      • Elfinmyst
        Hi all Thankyou so much for the thoughts and prayers Milli had two lots of diuretics and was allowed home but was poorly again later and was given metacam and
        Message 3 of 8 , Dec 18 3:43 PM
          Hi all

          Thankyou so much for the thoughts and prayers

          Milli had two lots of diuretics and was allowed home but was poorly again later and was given metacam and antibiotic cover. She's stable now and just had a nibble of chicken. Her lungs are clearer and breathing rate down to 40. As the vet says, she is on a knife edge, but I am more optimistic now than this morning. I think she might make it:) 
          It reinforced the fact that it's important to get them to the vet immediately if there is any changes and doubts about breathing. We got on top if it quickly and hopefully this will be one of Milli's nine lives (and ten of mine!)

          Lyn
        • elfinmyst
          Update Milli had a fairly bad night, she was exhausted and slept on the bed but hasn t eaten again this morning. So back to the vet and more cerenia for
          Message 4 of 8 , Dec 19 5:06 AM
            Update
             
            Milli had a fairly bad night, she was exhausted and slept on the bed but hasn't eaten again this morning. So back to the vet and more cerenia for nausea, antibiotics and a vitamin B injection to help protect her liver. The diagnosis is now likely heart failure and pancreatitis. The heart was steady today and her lungs cleared by the lasix yesterday so that's good. Treatment for pancreatitis is a fluid drip, steroids.. neither are an option for Milli so we have to feed her little bits of high protein and hope the antibiotics work soon or it settles down.
             
            Lyn
             
          • Elfinmyst
            Hi Thanks all for the advice, I`ll get into the pancreatitis group once it s confimed tomorrow. They sent blood tests off for it and a whole load of other
            Message 5 of 8 , Dec 19 7:19 AM


              Hi
              Thanks all for the advice, I`ll get into the pancreatitis group once it's confimed tomorrow. They sent blood tests off for it and a whole load of other tests as well. She's actually taking most of things mentioned.
               The pain control she is using metacam for and the nausea cerenia. Antibiotics were because she had a high temperature of over 103, as a precaution. The vet mentioned they would normally give IV fluids but in Mili's case she was in severe CHF yesterday morning and luckily she is drinking herself and was hydrated. Poor Milli, we need to get her to eat now which is vital. After that the vet said she is to have a low fat diet but for now it is vital she gets anything and she hasn't eaten since yesterday morning which she was sick on :(  Milli has a lot of issues, she has two holes in her heart, valve deformities, HCM, hypersynthesia and an ear issue that hasn't been diagnosed yet but we've tried six treatments for. And now this :(  She is so miserable and won't even get up now. I'lll get a confirmed diagnoses tomorrow, so let's hope she's eating by then.

              Lyn
            • Emily Valentin
              Lyn, Have you tried giving Milli baby food flavored with chicken broth or beef broth? When tiger is sick that is what he eats from my hand. Tiger has
              Message 6 of 8 , Dec 19 7:47 AM
                Lyn,
                Have you tried giving Milli baby food flavored with chicken broth or beef broth? When tiger is sick that is what he eats from my hand. 
                Tiger has hyperthenisia too. I find that she he starts to flinch I get him distracted with catnip and/or a toy and the episode usually passes on without him freaking out. Also, I give him a calming tonic from pet alive it's called nerve and brain calming tonic. One drop of that in his food and I will not see signs for weeks. It also helps him rest. It's completely natural. 

                I have a question, did the vet tell you why he thinks Milli has pancreatis? Do you think it's all the medicines that she is on? 

                Prayers for Milli and you hang in there! 

                Emily Valentin-Baker, SSP
                Licensed Specialist in School Psychology 
                Nationally Certified School Psychologist 

                "Winners never quit. Quitters never win" ~ Mom  
              • Laurie Stead
                Poor baby.  I do hope she eats soon.  Can you assist feed?  Thinking how much better she will feel with some nourishment... and maybe get her appetite back
                Message 7 of 8 , Dec 19 7:51 AM
                  Poor baby.  I do hope she eats soon.  Can you assist feed?  Thinking how much better she will feel with some nourishment... and maybe get her appetite back on her own.


                  On Thursday, December 19, 2013 10:25 AM, Elfinmyst <elfinmyst@...> wrote:
                   


                  Hi
                  Thanks all for the advice, I`ll get into the pancreatitis group once it's confimed tomorrow. They sent blood tests off for it and a whole load of other tests as well. She's actually taking most of things mentioned.
                   The pain control she is using metacam for and the nausea cerenia. Antibiotics were because she had a high temperature of over 103, as a precaution. The vet mentioned they would normally give IV fluids but in Mili's case she was in severe CHF yesterday morning and luckily she is drinking herself and was hydrated. Poor Milli, we need to get her to eat now which is vital. After that the vet said she is to have a low fat diet but for now it is vital she gets anything and she hasn't eaten since yesterday morning which she was sick on :(  Milli has a lot of issues, she has two holes in her heart, valve deformities, HCM, hypersynthesia and an ear issue that hasn't been diagnosed yet but we've tried six treatments for. And now this :(  She is so miserable and won't even get up now. I'lll get a confirmed diagnoses tomorrow, so let's hope she's eating by then.

                  Lyn


                • Jordan
                  Lyn, I am so glad to hear Milli is doing better. I would HIGHLY recommend you join the FPS-Feline Pancreatitis board. They were hugely helpful is getting
                  Message 8 of 8 , Dec 19 9:26 AM
                    Lyn,
                     
                    I am so glad to hear Milli is doing better.    I would HIGHLY recommend you join the FPS-Feline Pancreatitis board.  They were hugely helpful is getting Sheba through her bout with pancreatitis.   
                     
                     
                    She is eating well again and gaining back weight but it took several months.
                     
                    Sheba also could not do steriods but responded very well to pain control (buprenex) and anti nausea (ondansetron and cerenia).   Cerenia got her through the intial nausea and then she switched to ondansetron.    Anti nausea is the first line of defense and appetite stimulants are usually not needed.     Reglan is not a recommended drug and not as effective.   
                     
                    She also required some extra pepcid to keep stomach acid at bay.   In time, her fPL number did drop and clinically she showed signs of improvement as well.
                     
                    Hugs and kitty kisses to you and Milli,
                     
                    Love,
                    Jordan and Sheba
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