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> From: Diane [mailto:diane@...]
> Sent: Tuesday, July 11, 2000 2:21 PM
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> Subject: [feline-heart] Fwd: I'm new...and I have a question
> >Hello to all who read this. I am new to this site, and have spent this
> >morning trying to find some sort of help or comfort. I have a very sick
> >little cat, and I'm not ready to give up on her without a fight.
Welcome to the group. Sorry that you need to be here, however. You're
definitely at the right place for non-quitters!
> >I have a fifteen year old Siamese mix, who was diagnosed with HCM
> >yesterday. She was perfectly fine up until then (or so I thought), which
> >makes this such a shock. I left to visit a friend, and when I came home,
> >she was vomiting and falling down.
Unfortunately, this is common in cats. Often the first sign of a probelm is
a severe condition (it is not uncommon for death to be the first sign of a
BTW: we also have an appriox 15 year-old siamese mix with a bad heart (we're
not sure how old he is since we only adopted him 4 months ago).
> >The vet pulled 84 ml of fluid out of her chest, and did the tests
> >necessary to find out that her heart is enlarged and failing on the left
What tests did he use to diagnose this? As far as I know, the only
definitive test for this is an ultrasound. Did he diagnose her with HCM
(thickened walls) or DCM (enlarged heart)?
BTW: Lynx (our siamese mix) has DCM.
> >After about 20 hours of testing and observation, she was allowed to go
> >home. The only problem is that she is so lethargic and without appetite,
> >I'm worried that she'll pass on without letting the drugs do their work.
Have you asked the vet about this? Maybe others can comment on whether the
drugs can cause this lack of appetite (I have no experience with this)?
> >She has been prescribed Lasix and Cardizem, and has a follow up visit
> >with the cardiologist next Tuesday...
I think it's really important to get her looked at by a specialist. Any
chance you can get her there sooner?
> . . .
> >Any thoughts would be so greatly appreciated!
I wish I had advice for her inappetance, but I'm sure others will.
> >Thanks to you all...
Please keep us informed. Your girl will be in my prayers.
& Tabby (RB), Licorice, Tigger, Lynx