Re: [feline-heart] Lynx's Kidney #s & His Weight
- Jonathan Rosenberg wrote:
BUN: 47 (ref range: 16 to 36)
Creatinine: 2.5 (ref range <= 2.4)
The vet said that this explained his weight loss, but that the numbers
weren't high enough to warrant any changes in his treatment.
We are treating My soon to be four year old Samuel with numbers this
low, right now, he's eating canned k/d. And receiving 1/4 tab pepcid
daily. For the neusea. Along with a few supplements. He also is early
HyperT and IBD.
Here are a couple of link to blood value and what they mean I hope
Cynthia, Taffy, Samuel
Complete Blood Count, by Drs. Foster and Smith
Chemistry Panels and Tests, by Drs. Foster and Smith
- My name is Leila and I just found this list last week. Three weeks
ago my 17 yr. old female Kaze was diagnosed with restrictive
cardiomyopathy which has pretty much floored me. In addition, four
months ago she was diagnosed with hyperthyroid, low potassium, and
I've been reading many of your postings and relating so well to what
you all have to say. I keep thinking back to all the little things
that I thought didn't mean anything-- an occasional rattle when she
was breathing, or a heavy sigh-- and wondered if I had had her tested
for heart disease sooner if we could have caught it at an earlier
stage when more could have been done for her. But I only became
really concerned when she was breathing much heavier than usual. As
it is, when her regular vet got the report back from the specialist
who did her echocardiogram he was pretty shocked by how advanced her
condition is. Intellectually I know I shouldn't feel like I've let
her down, but it's hard not to.
I know we are getting close to the end of our time together-- her bad
days are definitely getting more frequent-- and while this time has
been very difficult, in some ways it's brought us closer together
than ever and for that I can feel grateful.
So I just wanted to thank this list for being here-- I have a feeling
I will need you in the weeks ahead. My friends are great, but it's
good to know that there is a community of people who have firsthand
knowledge of this road Kaze and I seem to have found ourselves
I just joined this ML in the middle of my desperate search for the useful resources for cat's
heart disease. My kitty, who is 1 year and a half old spayed persian, was caught with her
enlarged heart by x-rays. She was examined by ultra-sound yesterday, and we will know
the results tomorrow or so.
While I need to give youmore details (the vet did ultrasound exam today and we will have a
full diagnose in a few days), I want to start preparing for a holistic
approach for my girl. And, the more needed for me at this point is
encouradging success stories to combat heart disease! -- My girl has
experienced several diseases since she was a baby (like URI, utenary
infection and uninary infection, ring worm, etc.) and I was always so
heart-broken. But she has been able to such a miracle girl. I live alone
as a student, so this has been financially and emotionally very tough for
At this point, she is very active and eats well (although she seems to
start losing a weight a bit from 7.3lb to 7lb). And she coughs, which I
undestand is somehow associated to the heart disease, but as she was
congested early this year, the vets and I thought the cough was from her
conjestion! She was examined last month by three different vets, but
everyone thought she was very well.
Thanks for your help!
Let the group know as soon as you have the echo results, what kind of
heart condition she has. Then others with that specific condition can
let you know what has helped their cat.
My kitty (14 1/2) had severe DCM in 2003, threw a blot clot and was
not expected to make it very much longer. However he did very well
for 15 months.. the first 2 months he was on heparin injections twice
a day. After that, no other meds (except clavamox, an antibiotic) but
he did get supplements such as taurine, l-carnitine, coQ10 etc, all
detailed on last page of his website.
By the way, did you ever get rid of that ringworm? I adopted a kitty
from my local animal shelter last Dec and found out a month later she
has ringworm. She was prescribed weekly lyme-sulfur dips.. I was just
wondering what your course of treatment was and whether it was
successful or not, it is supposed to be a real difficult thing to
elininate as the spores are everywhere.
--- In email@example.com, "tamakio" <tamakio@y...> wrote:
> I just joined this ML in the middle of my desperate search for the
useful resources for cat's
> heart disease. My kitty, who is 1 year and a half old spayed
persian, was caught with her
> enlarged heart by x-rays. She was examined by ultra-sound
yesterday, and we will know
> the results tomorrow or so.
> While I need to give youmore details (the vet did ultrasound exam
today and we will have a
> full diagnose in a few days), I want to start preparing for a
> approach for my girl. And, the more needed for me at this point is
> encouradging success stories to combat heart disease! -- My girl has
> experienced several diseases since she was a baby (like URI, utenary
> infection and uninary infection, ring worm, etc.) and I was always
> heart-broken. But she has been able to such a miracle girl. I live
> as a student, so this has been financially and emotionally very
> At this point, she is very active and eats well (although she seems
> start losing a weight a bit from 7.3lb to 7lb). And she coughs,
> undestand is somehow associated to the heart disease, but as she was
> congested early this year, the vets and I thought the cough was
> conjestion! She was examined last month by three different vets, but
> everyone thought she was very well.
> Thanks for your help!
- Hi- accidentally found this list, and it's wonderful to know I [we]
I have an 11 yr. old neutered male stray, whom is likely almost a
full Maine Coon. AT 3 an xray showed a 'large' heart- but
At 8 he became very ill, and was diagnosed with triaditis-
pancreatitis, hepatitis & chronic inflammatory bowel disease.
This summer his thyroid levels rose- hyperthyroid. Back to
specialist for cardiac ultrasound. Mild cardiomyopathy.
However- he also has a chronic, unexplained pleural effusion. Needs
to be tapped every 4-6 weeks, as the amount of fluid becomes
Started him on Lasix 2 days ago, in the hopes that we can extend the
time span between chest taps. The pleural fluid appears like chyle-
but is negative on cytology.
This poor guy is on Lasix, Tapazole, Atenolol, Flagyl, Pepcid &
Prednisone. All are necessary meds for each condition. He is 14
lbs., evil, feisty, our 'child'.
He's been pretty stable- although it is a daily balancing act. Some
of the meds are on alternate days, or every 3rd day...
My heart is breaking. We have a GP vet, and an enormous 24 hr.
hospital filled with specialists [whom are now in charge of most of
his treatment]. We have actually tried to ask 'the question', and
been firmly told by all docs involved that none would consider
terminating his life- which was very relieving for us. We will do
what is best for our little guy, at all times. And we know the day
will come when either he collapses- or becomes so ill, we will have
to make 'the decision' in a split second.
So- that's our story.
- hi and sorry i don't know your name.....you might try
doing some research on rutin (otherwise known at
vitamin p, i believe).....some vets are using it for
pleural effusion with chyle, as it's very effective at
drawing the fluid out.....roger rag's cardiologist
gave us a thumbs up and suggested 250 mgs tid for
pleural effusion caused by heart failure (without
chyle), but roger was just too late stage for anything
to help....you can purchase it at gnc, and it's about
$8 for a big bottle....gnc isn't a spot that i'd
normally shop, but all of the fancy vitamin stores
carried rutin with a bunch of other stuff mixed
in.....i just googled feline pleural effusion rutin
and came up with several veterinary websites that
talked about it in pretty good detail....cheers,
susan.....p.s....rr was also on 20mgs lasix tid, so
there wasn't an issue with contraindication...
> However- he also has a chronic, unexplained pleural__________________________________
> effusion. Needs
> to be tapped every 4-6 weeks, as the amount of fluid
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- Hi---we have a cat with IBD as well as HCM, so I have some idea what
you are going through in the way of meds. Have you read anything
about or tried a balanced raw diet? Peaseblossom's IBD is finally
under control---with no meds---on a raw diet with some supplements.
If a raw diet is not practical for you, you could also consider
canned food with no grains or vegetables. The best places I have
found for info on both the raw and appropriate canned foods are:
www.catinfo.org and www.catnutrition.org. Pease was on Flagyl and
pred for months, really years, according to her medical history, and
neither cured any of her problems. Only changing her diet did. If
you no longer have to worry about IBD, you could at least cut the
meds you have to give... If you want more specific info about the
regimen that finally cured the worst of Pease's IBD symptoms, please
let me know.
Have you read all the info on this site about supplements for heart
cats? If not, I strongly urge you to check it out. CoQ10 and L-
carnitine as well as extra taurine and omega-3 oils have made a huge
difference to Pease, esp. the CoQ10. Lisa Clarizia posted a masterly
summary of the best supplements a few months ago that I feel sure
saved Pease's life.
Best of luck to you both.
Susan and Peaseblossom