RESPECT The- Star!
|Purred: Fri Sep 24, '10 1:29pm PST |
|OK, here's the scoop.
If your vet detected a heart murmur, the next step is to take an x-ray. This shows if the heart is enlarged, and if there is fluid on the heart and/or lungs. They should also do a CBC and Wellness blood panel, to see if any values are not normal. The x-ray and the blood panel, you take to the cardiologist. They will do an ultrasound, to look at the heart. The cardiologist measures the heart, and looks to see if the left ventrical is working properly. It should open and close, like your front door. What happens with a heart kitty, is the left ventrical does not open and shut properly, it kinda swings, like a saloon door, lets in too much blood or not enough. This test will determine, along with the x-ray and blood panel, what grade the kitty is, grades are 1-6, with 1 being moderate and 6 being sever, this also determines the treatment/meds. The most common meds are Atenenol, this slows the heart rate, and baby aspirin, 81 mgs, 1 every 3 days, but the dosage and if other meds are given, is based on the condition, each cat is different.
It is now imperative, the kitty be put on a grain free quality feed, that is LOW IN SALT. He also needs to be kept hydrated and flushed out. You do this by mixing his wet with water, so its soupy. If he won't eat wet, you can use baby food, Beechnut stage 1, chicken or turkey ONLY, 1 teaspoon, twice a day.
You also have to keep his life stress free, no fighting, yelling, being picked on by a human member or another pet.
It is now critical, you monitor, ANY MEDS, he is given, for any reason, ASK the vet or tech, is this safe for a heart cat, NEVER accept, I don't know or probably, MAKE THEM LOOK IT UP. One med you want to avoid is
Centrine, its an antispazmodic, similiar to Pepto Bismal for us, it will kill a cat with a heart condition.
Any change in behavior, or any illness, he has to be taken into the vet, there is no, well, we will wait and see. He now has a weakened immune system. It may be the heart condition is changing, and meds may need to be adjusted.
Ask your vet about antioxidants, its the same as people with heart issues, Bump was put on a quality vitamin, Feline Missing Link, you get it at Petsmart. It is a powder, you have to refridge it after you open it,
dosage is based on the weight of the cat, but they put him on the low dose, 1/4 teaspoon, once a day, you mix it with their wet food, or in Mr I Ain't eatin' no wet food case, baby food.
As far as the ultrasound, discuss this with your vet and ask him/her to discuss this with the cardiologist, so they are prepared ahead of time, that the kitty gets upset at the vet. I don't know how they handle upset kitties, but I *insisted* Bump was not to be sedated, he is a show cat, he been everywhere and seen it all. I also insisted he not be shaved and I insisted on being back there with him, some will let you, some won't, my vet "warned" the cardiologist, how I was, mol.
They put the kitty, in a little cradle kinda thingy, on his back. Even with all the commotion and all the doggies barking, Bump just lay there and let them do it. It was just like going to a show to him, he thought the vetty was a judge, mol.
Best of luck, this is very very manageable, and please don't hesitate, if you have any questions, and the others who have been thru this too, can relate their experiences.
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