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Re: [feline-heart] Digest Number 114

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  • t_strano
    thanks for the info, really appreciate it. i am treating everything from crf to aids to diabetes to ibd to etc... in my little family, but OF COURSE THIS HAS
    Message 1 of 4 , Aug 30, 2000
      thanks for the info, really appreciate it. i am treating everything
      from crf to aids to diabetes to ibd to etc... in my little family, but
      OF COURSE THIS HAS TO BE SOMETHING I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT.

      had a call-in consult with a cornell vet today who more/less backed up
      the basic diagnosis and said the treatment was standard (it's heparin,
      not whatever i said) and acepromazine, then probably aspirin. said
      warfarin was pretty scarey to give... advised getting an xray to see
      if his heart is enlarged.

      thinking of changing vets just for him, the rest of them go to this
      office... thinking about it....

      anyway, he is in a good mood and "hobbling" around the house some
      today, eating very well indeed and basically loving all the doting i
      am doing over him. i think his bum leg feels slightly warm this
      evening... cornell vet said the heparin should only be given 2-3 days
      and that's it, no more. so, trying to decide where to go next. wish i
      had a quick/easy way to get an ultrasound, that would answer a lot of
      questions. but going to cornell is more than 2 hrs away and the couple
      vets here who have the equipment are hostile to the idea of doing any
      favors for other vets clients... politics. trying to decide what to
      do next. just glad he is here.

      Teresa Strano - Please see my 4 "Twice Abandoned" kitties at
      http://imom.org/pin/strano_kitties.htm
    • t_strano
      i do wonder what cpk is, have to research it out... thanks. Teresa Strano - Please see my 4 Twice Abandoned kitties at http://imom.org/pin/strano_kitties.htm
      Message 2 of 4 , Aug 30, 2000
        i do wonder what cpk is, have to research it out... thanks.
        Teresa Strano - Please see my 4 "Twice Abandoned" kitties at
        http://imom.org/pin/strano_kitties.htm
      • Jonathan Rosenberg
        ... We have an old guy ( = 16 years) we adopted 5 months. he has an enlarged heart & threw 3 clots in the first 1.5 months. He has been on enelapril &
        Message 3 of 4 , Aug 30, 2000
          > -----Original Message-----
          > From: t_strano [mailto:t_strano@...]
          > Sent: Wednesday, August 30, 2000 7:47 PM
          > To: feline-heart@egroups.com
          > Subject: Re: [feline-heart] Digest Number 114

          > had a call-in consult with a cornell vet today who more/less
          > backed up the basic diagnosis and said the treatment was standard
          > (it's heparin, not whatever i said) and acepromazine, then
          > probably aspirin. said warfarin was pretty scarey to give...

          We have an old guy (>= 16 years) we adopted 5 months. he has an enlarged
          heart & threw 3 clots in the first 1.5 months. He has been on enelapril &
          tapazole (for hyperthyroid) & he has been doing wonderfully -- no clots for
          the last 3.5 months. When he threw each clot, he was also on heparin for
          the first 48-72 hours.

          I have done a lot of research on clots in cats since we got Lynx & you
          should know that this situation is tough to deal with as there is really not
          much that can be done, except to treat the underlying heart condition & hope
          for the best.

          Based on my limited knowledge I strongly recommend against trying
          warfarin -- it is extremely risky & requires some significant changes in
          lifestyle, with very uncertain outcome. I would only consider if all else
          had failed -- and even then I'm not sure I would try it.

          > advised getting an xray to see if his heart is enlarged.

          I urge you in the strongest terms to see a vet cardiologist & get an
          ultrasound (not an x-ray) of his heart. Treating the underlying hyeart
          condition is the best hope.

          > anyway, he is in a good mood and "hobbling" around the house some
          > today, eating very well indeed and basically loving all the doting i
          > am doing over him. i think his bum leg feels slightly warm this
          > evening...

          This is a very good sign.

          > cornell vet said the heparin should only be given 2-3 days
          > and that's it, no more. so, trying to decide where to go next.
          > wish i had a quick/easy way to get an ultrasound, that would
          > answer a lot of questions. but going to cornell is more than 2
          > hrs away and the couple
          > vets here who have the equipment are hostile to the idea of doing any
          > favors for other vets clients... politics. trying to decide what to
          > do next. just glad he is here.

          I really hope you find a way to get him an ultrasound soon.

          Please keep us informed.

          > Teresa Strano - Please see my 4 "Twice Abandoned" kitties at
          > http://imom.org/pin/strano_kitties.htm

          --
          JR
          & Tabby (RB), Licorice, Tigger, Lynx
        • bastet1111@aol.com
          I have to respond to the advice your vet gave you (the euthenasia). I came home one Sunday, after leaving a seemingly fine 15 year old cat, to find her
          Message 4 of 4 , Sep 1, 2000
            I have to respond to the advice your vet gave you (the euthenasia).

            I came home one Sunday, after leaving a seemingly fine 15 year old cat, to
            find her partially blind, yowling, and panting for breath.

            I immeditely took her to an all-night emergency vet, and after several
            anxious hours, was told to go home...I would get a call.

            About 2:00 am, I got the call: after looking at the x-ray and blood tests,
            the vet had determined that my cat had cancer (a tumor in her lungs), had
            fluid build up in the chest cavity...recommendation: immediate
            euthenasia...to "put the poor kitty out of her suffering".

            I fell apart, but my fiance was practical enough to want a second opinion.
            He looked for a specialist in the area, and had me pick up my little girl for
            her next apointment. But by the time I picked her up, she looked like she
            was just about gone...very little life left in her at all. I was so afraid
            of prolonging any agony she may have been in.

            THANK GOD I took her to the new vet. I had an ultrasound done, and the
            problem turned out to be with her heart. I started her on meds while the
            next rounds of tests were being done, and, ulitmately, found out that it was
            her thyroid that was causing all of the problems.

            This all happened over two months ago. My baby is steadily gaining weight,
            and is almost back to her old self. I am so thankful when she jumps in my
            lap for her nightly petting.

            I know she still has some serious health issues, but had I listened to that
            first vet, my little girl would be long gone. Luckily she has a couple of
            the nicest and most compassionate doctors I've ever come across.

            I guess I'm just trying to say that it's definately worth it to try ALL
            avenues before throwing in the towel. I'm just glad that I found that out!
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