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  • Hilary
    Check out www.vetheart.com/diseases.html. There is a lot of info on various forms of heart disease, including DCM and HCM, in animals. ... annual checkup ...
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      Check out www.vetheart.com/diseases.html. There is a lot of info on
      various forms of heart disease, including DCM and HCM, in animals.

      --- In feline-heart@egroups.com, "Helen" <helenb@o...> wrote:
      > Hi, everyone
      >
      > Harpsie was diagnosed with HCM a year ago and he went for his
      annual
      checkup
      > ultrasound today. He has had very tender kidneys for the last few
      weeks so
      > the vet not only ultrasounded his heart but also his kidney and
      stomach.
      >
      > The good news is, Harpsie's stomach and kidneys showed nothing
      abnormal
      > (bloodwork is also normal). The bad news is, his heart has
      deteriorated
      > significantly )-: What is really weird is, his heart is now
      dilated,
      not
      > thickened, in other words he no longer has HCM, he has DCM. I told
      my vet I
      > didn't know that was possible, and she said she didn't know it
      either until
      > today.
      >
      > His heart is so bad that my vet cannot say how long he has. She
      thinks even
      > with medication he might suddenly drop dead with a heart attack )-:
      We
      > already use an ACE inhibitor (enalapril) and my vet is adding
      digitalis. But
      > she did say she would expect in his condition to see congestive
      heart
      > failure yet there are no signs of that whatsoever. It is quite a
      mystery.
      >
      > We are considering a trip to the cardiology dept of our local vet
      school.
      > The problem is, Harpsie gets terribly, terribly stressed at the
      vet's which
      > of course is really bad for his heart; but we feel we need to find
      out more
      > about his situation. He is only eight!! Harpsie had a wash when we
      returned
      > from the vet's but is now very mopey, I hope he feels better soon.
      The vet
      > school is 30 miles away.
      >
      > One problem we have is getting Harpsie to eat. We currently have 14
      (!)
      > foods on the go, and he will eat one once, then not touch it for
      about 2
      > weeks. Lately he has got even worse, and we are now reduced to
      cooking fish
      > for him every night, which is not good for him longterm of course.
      Does
      > anybody else have this problem with their cat without CRF but with
      heart
      > disease?
      >
      > Also, does anybody have any info on DCM? Most of the websites seem
      to refer
      > to HCM.
      >
      > Please send healing vibes to Harpsie. His brother Thomas has end
      stage renal
      > failure, I cannot bear the thought of losing both of them soon.
      >
      > Helen, Harpsie, Indie and Thomas
      >
      > * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
      * * * *
      > * *
      > Tanya's UK Feline Chronic Renal Failure Information Centre:
      > http://users.ouvip.com/tanya
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