February 28th 06, 08:40 AM
"Niel Humphreys" > wrote in
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> >> "Phil P." > wrote in message
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> >>> "Niel Humphreys" > wrote
> >>>> Ah, yes, he did mention the possibility of an ECG but wanted to see
> >>>> the
> >>>> X-Ray would provide al the information first.
> >>> Don't go by the x-rays alone- I've seen cats with HCM have normal
> >>> as
> >>> well as normal ECGs. An echocardiogram is the best diagnostic tool
> >>> heart disease in cats. An echo will also let you know if your cat is
> >>> risk for aortic thromboembolism.
> >> Just dropped him off and on the G.E. authority form the vet had stated
> >> was being put under for X-Ray, ECG and Endoscopy so he's getting all 3.
> >>> How's his breathing?
> >> It alternates between laboured and fine, laboured usually after a
> >> coughing fit or trotting up the stairs. Last night he tried up jump
> >> the cardboard box he likes to sleep on at night & it took 2 attempts,
> >> when he got up there he was visibly panting & it's only about 2 feet
> >> high.. This morning he was perfectly fine.
> >> The vet said it seems like he has something akin to asthma at the
> >> exam, I imagine this is what the endoscopy is for? Anyway I will know
> >> more this afternoon but I have already decided I am not going to keep
> >> alive for my benefit just because I don't want him to die if it means
> >> will be in pain or have no real quality of life.
> > Oh dear, it doesn't look good. Vet was out and I spoke to his wife who
> > says they want to keep him overnight to wait for the results of the ECG.
> > She sounded quite sad on the phone, not her usual self, so I am
> > myself for bad news when I phone again this evening to speak to the vet
> > himself.
> Just spoke to the vet again. Worf has Cardio Myopathy so it's a case of
> phoning the vet each day to see how whether he is responding to the
> treatment or not. He's breathing a lot easier now since they drained a lot
> of fluid from his chest where his lungs should have been. Guess it's
> crossed time.
Did your vet mention which type of cardiomyopathy Mr. Worf has? One form
of cardiomyopathy (dilated) often responds and even resolves with simple
taurine supplements. Did your vet prescribe a diuretic to help control
fluid build up?
It may not be as bad as you think. There are some truly wonder drugs for
treating feline heart diseases- especially hyperthrophic cardiomyopathy.
Keep the faith,