Harpsie needs prayers )-:
- I have been meaning to post about Harpsie for a while now, but Thomas (CRF)
died 10 days ago and I've been a bit of a wreck. However, it is now time for
me to try and focus on Harpsie - he's giving me no choice.
To recap, Harpsie was diagnosed with HCM a year ago. He had his check-up
three weeks ago, and his heart is now showing clear signs of DCM, not HCM,
and pretty bad to boot )-: Yet he had no congestion then.
Harpsie has not really been doing too badly. He has been playing chase with
his sister, no laboured breathing, eating quite well, acting very normally.
Last week he began to howl a lot but we thought it might be to do with
Thomas dying )-:
Over the weekend Harpsie seemed to me to be breathing a little harder (he is
Persian so he does breathe heavily anyway). I also noticed that he seems to
have lost a little weight, not on his tummy (still nice and solid) but he
has a bit of a bony spine. He is also drinking a lot. But he is still
whizzing around the house and generally being the boss.
I had to go to the vet today anyway to get new medication (we ran out last
night and have to switch from enalapril, which is being discontinued) so I
took Harpsie for a check up. My husband said I was overreacting, that
Harpsie is fine and I was fussing after losing Thomas, but I just felt I'd
be happier after a check up.
The vet was quite shocked by Harpsie )-: He is dehydrated and she is going
to put him on a drip; but first she wants to x-ray his heart. She is pretty
sure he has congestion now )-: She also thinks maybe something else is going
on, possibly CRF, so she is going to run a few other tests. She said he will
probably need Lasix. How does it work, giving sub-Qs and Lasix to the same
My vet diagnosed the DCM - she is trained in feline ultrasound (the practice
has its own machine). I asked her for a referral to Cambridge Vet School,
and she didn't mind me asking at all but said she would actually recommend a
feline cardiologist elsewhere, but this guy is a 5 hour round trip away, and
Harpsie has never spent longer than 20 mins in the car before now. She is
happy to do a referral if I wish, but she said she believes her diagnosis is
correct so she doesn't really think it would achieve anything, other than
stress Harpsie (he is terrible at the vet's). She asked why I wanted a
referral, what did I hope to achieve from it, and I said "a magic wand". I
do not doubt her diagnosis, and I am satisfied with his medication
(enalapril and digitalis, The Pill Book seems to think these are good for
DCM) so I'm not sure a visit to the cardiologist is worth it either.
Realistically, is there any chance he could do anything for Harpsie that
would offset the stress to him? I thought about a compromise of having my
vet send the cardiologist the stills from the ultrasound and do a phone
would welcome any input, have lost three cats in the last 19 months, really
can't bear to lose Harpsie too.
"And I'm going out of my mind
With a pain that stops and starts,
Like a corkscrew to my heart,
Ever since we've been apart."
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