Whispurr's July blood work
- Whispurr's current meds:
Furosemide 12.5 mg tablets, 1/2 tablet in the morning and 1 full tablet at night
Benazepril 5 mg tablets, 1/4 tablet twice a day
Clopidogrel 75 mg tablets, 1/4 tablet at night
Pimobendan 2.5 mg/ml suspension, 0.25 ml twice a day
Spironolactone 25 mg tablets, 1/4 twice a day
And I still mix CoQ10 powder into her breakfast.
Last week we came home to upstate New York and I took her to our
primary vet on Thursday for a renal panel. The office was closed
Friday (July 4). On Saturday the vet sent me email, but did not send
the complete lab results. (I will ask for those.) The email said
Whispurr has a persistent elevation in BUN with normal creatinine. BUN
was 38 when last checked in Michigan and still 38 last week (reference
range 10-30). Creatinine was 0.7 when last checked in MIchigan and 0.6
last week (reference range 0.3-2.1). The email also said her calcium
is mildly elevated at 12.9 (no reference numbers given). In Michigan,
on May 28, her calcium was 10.0 (8.6-10.6), so within the normal range
but on the higher end of that range. And while no numbers were given,
the vet's email said her sodium and chloride are "slightly" below
normal, and were normal when last tested in Michigan.
The vet recommended "an exam and a blood pressure reading to see if we
can adjust any of her medications that might be causing her
electrolytes to be out of range in addition to her elevated BUN and
I called today and made an appointment for Wednesday afternoon.
Any thoughts about this? How do you balance heart meds with kidney function?
Jim Sinclair jisincla@...
Lasix causes sodium and potassium to fall yet is a critical drug for most heart kitties.
Sodium can be left a bit low according to our kitty's Cardiologist. But potassium is critical for the heart. So when our kitty had low potassium, we supplemented potassium in his food under vet supervision. Once our kitty's chylothorax resolved and his tachyarrhythmia was controlled with cardiazem, we were able to decrease his lasix and no longer needed potassium.
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- Yes, when Trixi's potassium fell, she had kaminox whilst she was on Lasix, but doesn't need it now. Potassium is critical if it is low, can cause all sorts of nervous and weakness problems.Lyn