RE: [feline-heart] cardiomyopathy & kidney disease (ferret)
> -----Original Message-----NOTE: Cokie is a ferret.
> From: Celia C. [mailto:cjclinki@...]
> Sent: Sunday, October 08, 2000 11:36 AM
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> Subject: Re: [feline-heart] cardiomyopathy & kidney disease (ferret)
> Cokie seems to be doing a little better now that she has had a few moreWhat does the vet have to say about this?
> doses of the diltiazem, but no change with the "water belly".
> > You may want to ask your vet about giving a diuretic. I know thatI'm really wondering why the other vet didn't suggest Lasix.
> > smaller doses of fluids and more often are suggested with kitty's
> > with renal failure.
> I'm going to discuss this with the other vet this week.
> On a somewhat related note, I found that ACE inhibitors mayI don't think that ACE inhibitors are used to slow the progression of CRF.
> be used sometimes to slow the progression of renal disease!
> (But don't seem to be used as much in Cokie's particular brand of
> cardiomyopathy (hypertrophic)) I don't really understand it right
As far as I know, they are believed to speed its progress, though some of
them have shown much less tendency to do this (e.g., Enacard).
Lynx is on Enacard, but he has DCM, not HCM. I always get confused about
the differing treatmens for these diseases.
> I guess the "heart enzymes" would be the thing to check, right?Has she had an ultrasound? Does she see a vet cardiologist?
> (I feel okay now with the kidney stuff, but lost when it comes
> to heart disease!)
> Oh--lest I leave anything out: She had an echocardiogram.Duh. I guess I coulda read ahead.
> It said her "aortic insufficiency" was mild to moderate, andI presume her heart wall(s) were also thickened?
> may be from the heart failure or "incidental". They didn't see
> any mitral regurgitation.
> She also had an "accidental" abdominal ultrasound. (2 ferretsI hadn't heard this word before, but I looked it up quickly & it sounds like
> were in there for ultrasound and they were momentarily mixed up!)
> This showed no "ascites". What exactly is this, and how is it
> different that "fluid in the abdomen"?!
the same thing. When was this ultrasound done?
> I'm sure I'll feel more informed after speaking to my specialistPlease let us know what he says.
> vet later this week.
> Thank you so much! I guess everyone knows how awful it is to notAmen.
> what's going on when your furry ones are sick! And how great it
> is to have
> others to help!! THANKS!!
& Tabby (RB), Licorice, Tigger, Lynx