RE: [feline-heart] Digest Number 114
> -----Original Message-----We have an old guy (>= 16 years) we adopted 5 months. he has an enlarged
> From: t_strano [mailto:t_strano@...]
> Sent: Wednesday, August 30, 2000 7:47 PM
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> 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...
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 someThis is a very good sign.
> 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
> cornell vet said the heparin should only be given 2-3 daysI really hope you find a way to get him an ultrasound soon.
> 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.
Please keep us informed.
> Teresa Strano - Please see my 4 "Twice Abandoned" kitties at--
& Tabby (RB), Licorice, Tigger, Lynx
- 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!