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- JoyOfSiamese@... wrote: I asked if it was OK to continue giving CoQ10
and taurine. She said that they are not indicated for Samanth-Joy's
condition. They are best used for cats with hypotrophic cardiomyopathy, not
I think what they mean by hypotrophic is actually dilated cardiomyopathy which is seen seldom since the discovery thta it was due to a taurine defficiency and cat foods were modified. Some cats may be genetically susceptiple to taurine defficiency and if that is the case their cardiomtopathy is reversible.
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- Nancy Lion-Storm,
I know that feeling of despair when you realize your treasured
companion will be here for so little time. My Bobo has restrictive
cardiomyopathy and for this the prognosis is 3-12 months. I don't
think I have yet accepted this properly. In fact I will be taking
Bobo to UC Davis on Wednesday for a second opinion.
All you can do is appreciate Samantha-Joy for as long as she lasts on
earth with you. I think we are just lucky to meet them at all...
--- In feline-heart@y..., JoyOfSiamese@c... wrote:
> Gentle Folk,
> Today I drove 2 hours one way in order to take Samantha-Joy to the
> Verterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at UC Davis. They did an EKG
> ultrasound on her - Even recorded the sound of her heart murmur.
> what was written in her Discharge Instructions.
> "We have diagnosed Samanthajoy with Herpertrophic Cardiomyopathy.
This is a
> condition that is often hereditary in purebreed cats or purebreed
> is characterized by thickened walls of he heart. Samanthajoy's
> is SERVERE and wil progress with time. There are three potential
> with Samantha's disease. Cats with HCM are at risk of sudden
> also may throw a blood clot which may manifest as the inability to
> rear limbs. Lastly, she may have difficulty breathing, indicating
> may be in heart failure."
> I asked how long Samantha-Joy had to live. I was told that
patients with her
> state of severity usually live 15 months. When I heard those
words, I was
> stunned, devastated. After all, my younger brother, was born with
> murmur and didn't die until he was 37 years old, and that was
> smoked 3 packs a day. I thought it would be the same with Samantha-
> That all I'd need to do is feed her raw food, give her vitamins and
> and she would live to be 5 or 6 years old, instead of the 15 or 16
> other cats so easily reached. But according to the vet we'll be
> Samantha-Joy reaches two years before she dies.
> The vet gave me 3 months worth of Atenolol as well as a new
> called Enalapril. This is an experimental drug that the hospital
is doing a
> study on. I'm not to begin using it until I get the go-ahead from
> the kidney values come in). I asked if it was OK to continue
> and taurine. She said that they are not indicated for Samanth-
> condition. They are best used for cats with hypotrophic
> hypertrohic cardiomyopathy.
> May the Creator/Creatress watch over you and your beloved felines.
> Nancy Lion-Storm, and:
> Confidence-on-a-Rainy-Day (17 yr.)
> Lucky-To-Be-Alive (12 yr.)
> Fortune-Silver-Cloud (6 y.r.)
> Samantha-Joy-Queen-of-Heaven (9 mo.)
> Cassandra-Joy-Soothsayer-Mystic-Seeress (6 mo.)
> And in memory of angel cats:
> General-Chauncey-Beardsly-Peddleton-the-Third (d. 10/17/1986)
> History-Repeats-Herself (d. 4/10/2001)
> Jasmin-Pretty-Cat-Calico-Persian-Extraordinaire (d. 1/21/2002)