|Purred: Wed Sep 4, '13 4:35pm PST |
My cat is about 9 years old and in most ways healthy and fit (tho he lost a leg a few years ago).
However, he has been asthmatic for a while now, treatment wasnt solving it and an X-ray showed that he has cor pulmonale. It's incurable condition, acc. to conventional medication anyway, and now the experts have given him 3-6 months to live.
He is being treated with an asthma inhaler, prednisolone sodium phosphate (a cortisteroid) also for the asthma, furosemide (a diuretic) for liquid build-up, and baby aspirin (as blood thinner?).
Since conventional medicine isn't offering any real solution, and since its approach is 100% mechanistic (non-holistic) we are also giving him hawthorne for his heart and aloe vera for his asthma and dandelion leaf for his blood.
i posted at another forum and was told that liquid steroids are bad for his heart, even if they help with asthma (which frankly I am not sure they are, he is still coughing, more at nighttime). The vet says the steroids are keeping him alive but that we can switch to a steroid inhaler (only that there can be a risk of mouth infections).
the main problem that I could grasp is that his lungs react to something in the air which causes his heart to overwork and send out extra white blood cells and this causes the expansion of the heart, which is now pressing on his lungs from the right side. Since the heart can't be reduced in size or the scar tissues on lungs healed, the main thing is to keep his blood pressure down; increasing the strength of the heart is not recommended.
I want to take him for an ultrasound, but it's very expensive and also far away (no car), and there's not much assurance it will change the diagnosis anyway.
Does anyone have similar experience with their pet suffering from this condition?
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