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Sunshine,,i need advice

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  • leeanncohen2512
    Sunshine is 18...she s cardiac...diabetic and hyper t for at least the last 4 years. She was on lasix..enalapril and vetemedin. For the last 3 years and up
    Message 1 of 5 , Mar 4, 2014
      Sunshine is 18...she's cardiac...diabetic and hyper t for at least the last 4 years.
       She was on lasix..enalapril and vetemedin.
      For the last 3 years and up until dec 17th of 2013...everything was perfect.
       Last week she started "grumbling" that is the only way to describe it...when she ate and walked she kind of growled and mumbled and she wasn't eating for me.
        Blood work was normal except for alt from the t4..but the t4 was normal high.
      chest xray was clear...i wasn't due back till june to see the cardiologist but being neurotic as i am..i went back today.
        Sunshine had no fluid in  her chest or belly...her heart looked fine but her blood pressure was 180 and her heart rate was 250.
        they changed her from the enalapril to to amlodipine.
      Would the hgh blood pressure cause her to not want to eat..(her appetite has been terrible the last week) and would it make her "groan".
       Any suggestions?..i'm a nervous wreck.
    • Emily Valentin
      Hi Sunshine s mom, I don t believe a medicine will make her groan. Being that she is 18, could it be that she is in pain somewhere in her body? Arthritis
      Message 2 of 5 , Mar 4, 2014
        Hi Sunshine's mom, 

        I don't believe a medicine will make her groan. Being that she is 18, could it be that she is in pain somewhere in her body? Arthritis maybe? I know my Tiger (6yrs old) has mild arthritis in his spine more pronounced close to the base of his tail and if I touch him the wrong way he will hiss at me which he never does. Maybe sunshine is hurting somewhere? 

        Her appetite could be affected by meds yes. But the vet can give you something for appetite. Also, petco sells a meal replacement that is supposed to give much needed nutrients to our kitties. 

        Observe Sunshine thru the day and try to see if there are any patters to her behavior.
        I wish you and your girl the best! Sounds like she has enjoyed many years of a happy life! 

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

        "Winners never quit. Quitters never win" ~ Mom  
      • marianna.mayer
        Pain can be a major cause of poor appetite in cats. The grumbling can very well be due to pain as well. At Sunshine s age my first thought would be
        Message 3 of 5 , Mar 4, 2014
          Pain can be a  major cause of poor appetite in cats. The 'grumbling' can very well be due to pain as well. At Sunshine's age my first thought would be arthritis. Arthritis is very painful, it could be the root cause for your concerns. You could have an Xray of Sunshine's spine to confirm arthritic changes. And/or you could start right away to address the pain which will require a pain reliever and an anti inflammatory medication. This means two medications. But beware of drugs like Metacam, this group of drugs cause damage to the kidneys, especially in older cats.
          HTH
          Marianna
          -----Original Message-----
          From: leeanncohen2512 <leeanncohen2512@...>
          To: feline-heart <feline-heart@yahoogroups.com>
          Sent: Tue, Mar 4, 2014 4:28 pm
          Subject: [FH] Sunshine,,i need advice

           
          Sunshine is 18...she's cardiac...diabetic and hyper t for at least the last 4 years.
           She was on lasix..enalapril and vetemedin.
          For the last 3 years and up until dec 17th of 2013...everything was perfect.
           Last week she started "grumbling" that is the only way to describe it...when she ate and walked she kind of growled and mumbled and she wasn't eating for me.
            Blood work was normal except for alt from the t4..but the t4 was normal high.
          chest xray was clear...i wasn't due back till june to see the cardiologist but being neurotic as i am..i went back today.
            Sunshine had no fluid in  her chest or belly...her heart looked fine but her blood pressure was 180 and her heart rate was 250.
            they changed her from the enalapril to to amlodipine.
          Would the hgh blood pressure cause her to not want to eat..(her appetite has been terrible the last week) and would it make her "groan".
          &n bsp;Any suggestions?..i'm a nervous wreck.
        • Elfinmyst
          Hi, were her teeth checked? Growling whilst eating is often a tooth issue. Lyn
          Message 4 of 5 , Mar 4, 2014
            Hi, were her teeth checked? Growling whilst eating is often a tooth issue. 

            Lyn
          • Jordan
            Just to echo what everyone else is saying . . . it does sound like she is in pain. Pain not only affects appetite is also impedes healing. Buprenex is a good
            Message 5 of 5 , Mar 5, 2014
              Just to echo what everyone else is saying . . . it does sound like she is in pain.   Pain not only affects appetite is also impedes healing.
              Buprenex is a good pain medication for kitties, and I have used it with no ill effects on my heart kitty Sheba.
               
              Did the vet prescribe any for you?   If not, I would call them and ask for it.
               
              Hugs,
              Jordan and Sheba
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