RE: [FH] labored breathing
- Hi Debra,
I am sorry to hear that Tigger is having trouble breathing. I have to agree
with the other posts, that you should speak to your vet about a chest and/or
My Wolfy occasionally had labored breathing, and the vet always tapped his
chest, and relief for Wolfy was immediate. The cardiologist was able to
give Wolfy a valium to calm him enough to undergo this procedure. After a
tap, Wolfy usually went at least 3 months before needing another.
During this past summer, Wolfy's tummy became very bloated (it had always
been his chest prior to this), and they removed a LITER of fluid from him.
I was shocked. The tap definitely gives the cat comfort and I believe buys
them good, comfortable time. I don't think it is a hard or very expensive
procedure, and I am sure it will help Tigger breathe comfortably again.
You will both be in my thoughts and prayers.
Carrie and AngelWolfy
From: yarringt@... [mailto:yarringt@...]
Sent: Sunday, December 01, 2002 5:39 PM
Subject: [FH] labored breathing
Tigger's breathing is very labored and he is tired. He has restrictive
and was diagnosed with congestive heart failure 2 Mondays ago. He was
on atenolol - 1/4 every other day - and enalapril - every other day. We
his enalapril to 1/4 every day. We've also added lasix. The fluids
appear to be in
his stomach, and they don't appear to have gone away with lasix (I was
told 1 to 2
lasix a day - I started with one, worked up to two, and saw no
that Monday his breathing has become progressively more labored and he has
become progressively more tired.
I know we are on borrowed time. If no more can be done, I will keep him
until he becomes uncomfortable and let him go. But is there any more
that can be
done to help him breathe more easily? Is it possible that his breathing
because he is dehydrated? (I know that's the opposite of what we
I have accepted the fact that I will lose him shortly. I thought I
would lose him on
Thanksgiving day. But he is still fighting. He ate half a can of nutro
max food, along
with some kibble and some bonita flakes today, and he is currently
sleeping on my
lap after a cuddle session. I feel I owe it to him to give him all the
possible. But I don't want to spend his last days stressing him by
running him to the
vet's every few days if there really isn't more to be done.
Keep us in your thoughts. He's my love.
-Debra & Tigger
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- Hi Debra--Try to hang in there. Both me and Muffin's mom have
recently "been there."
Samson too ate a BIG meal 20 minutes or so before he passed, he
ALWAYS ate, no matter where he was, right after surgery, etc.
The problem with CHF is the possibility of "sudden death" Labored
breathing is a possible sign that cardiac output (CO) is falling.
The body is trying to compensate for this in many ways. Chiefly, the
fast or labored breathing is trying to get enough oxygen to the
tissues and organs. I agree with Sally, It IS considered in most
cases to be a sign of impending danger.
I was able to minimize Samson's labored breathing with Hawthorn,
which has vasodialative properties. It opens up the blood vessels
which may be constricting in their attempt to isolate enough blood
for the heart's needs, and thus allowed more oxygen to get to the
rest of his organs and tissues. But that was a last ditch effort. I
wouldn't recommend Hawthorn for your kitty w/o a vet's (holistic or
conventional)supervision. I believe the enalapril is an ACE
inhibitor, it's job is to block the hormone signals that are causing
the body to retain sodium and constrict blood vessels. So logically,
the Enalpril should be preventing the constriction.
At a point, no drug can overcome a failing heart. The body simply
can't find it's point of balance any longer.
I'm sorry to be so clinical, I just wanted to give you an idea of
what may be behind that labored breathing so you can make the best
decision. If you wish to prolong his life, a trip to the vet is
probably your best bet. If it is caused by fluid in the lungs, a tap
may very well alleviate his discomfort.
I'll say a little prayer for you and your fur baby. Please try to be