If your HCM cat is on Flovent, discuss with your vet about moving to albuterol. Flovent is for asthma but is a steroid which HCM cats cannot have because it increases fluid retention, the oppposite of what we want for our HCM cats.
Posted to Facebook January 5, 2015
Myrna at cardio and having more fluid drained. We spent last night fighting congestion as she was restless, crying, likely due to pain from fluid. There was a snow storm last night and I was grateful she didn't need to go to the ER. Blood work normal so will increase torsemide.
Myrna very happy to be home (we were home by two p.m. EST) and bouncing around.
Doctor's notes: "We drained 2.5oz of fluid out of the right side of Myrna's chest...character of the fluid is chylous...pleural effusion (in time may become) pocketed, which will make it more difficult to drain her...kidney values are back up (BUN 30, creatinine 2.8)..."
Posted to Facebook January, 8, 2015
So it's cold in almost every state in the US. Wherever you are, keep your HCM cat warm. Turn up the heat. Put blankets on floors under their beds, and on the furniture, even the bed, places where they like to sleep. Drape blankets over chairs to make tents (will keep in heat) and put rugs or towels underneath the chair for them to lay on. A diseased heart shouldn't work harder to keep a body warm. And keep them indoors, which should be done at all times.
To update you on Myrna, this is what the vet said she had on Monday: lymphatic fluid in the pleural cavity of her lungs, unlike the previous fluid they withdrew before Christmas. Yes, a new complication.
We need to prevent the accumulation of lymphatic fluid in the pleural cavity because it can lead to scarring-fibrosis. There's a supplement we can try called rutin. And I found Canadian studies such as this one that describes how rutin works and why it is necessary.
We are trying rutin for Myrna's lymphatic fluid. Found some at Whole Foods. Round large tabs, and I'll cut into halves. She gets four halves or more a day. I'll start with four and increase as I can. I say halves only because I think the size is too big as a whole to give so I'll cut it in half. Each whole tab is 250mg and we'll give a total of 500mg a day or more.
Posted to Facebook January 22, 2015
Myrna had less than 2 oz of fluid removed today. The cardio said she may not have had to come in, that meds may have continued to work well enough. She was breathing better but since the cardio was off Friday, and since we had to fight yesterday to get her breathing rate low by giving extra meds, I wanted to make sure she was doing well. And I'm glad we did. Her potassium is low at 3.0 from two weeks ago around 3.2 so now we need to push more potassium, possibly begin Tumil-k (a potassium source for cats.) But now we have two examples to go by to compare against in the future when deciding when to take her to the cardio for needle aspiration of fluid: when she's not breathing well, is in pain and won't settle, not responding well to meds; and when she's not breathing well but responding to meds-eventually-but not in pain and not crying.
Doctor's notes: "We drained 1.7oz of fluid...kidney values improved (BUN 33 from 1/5/15 @39; creatinine 2.3 from 1/5/15 @2.8)...potassium is hovering lower (3.0 down from earlier in January 3.2)...begin Tumil-k to better support her potassium..."
Posted to Facebook January 26, 2015