When I got there and the Emergency vet examined Stanley both of us were thinking the worst that his heart disease had progressed to congestive heart failure. Stan was placed on oxygen and then I went home to anxiously await the results of his echocardiogram.
Long story short! There is good news. It turns out his heart condition hasn't worsened it has even stabilized in some areas - wonderful news!! The coughing and lung fluid was diagnosed as feline asthma. Which is still something that we have to contend with but much easier to manage and live with than congestive heart failure. Whew!!
Stanley was sent home last night and along with him came his new treatments. He will get inhaled meds just like what people take for asthma. He's on Flovent and also Albuterol. We use this little Kitty face mask called AeroKat to deliver the medicine. I was so nervous last night the first time I tried it but Stan was patient with me and it wasn't so bad. I think in a week I'll be a pro!
I am looking for an in home air purifier, to keep out pollen etc to help his asthma. Right now at the top of my list is the Oreck. Any other suggestions?
The whole time I have been dealing with all this Toby's terminal cancer and Stan's heart condition and now asthma I keep thinking of my friend Bernie at A Place to Bark. How she does this and more for all the animals she saves is amazing. Not only has this been completely emotionally draining but also very expensive too. Bernie does this every day ten times over with every single animal she rescues! She is truly an incredible person! She also needs our help. She is having a fundraiser drive to finish her shelter. Here is the link!
My 12 year old cat Denys has asthma. I end up getting him steriod shots 2 to 3 times a year. I didn't know they had kitty inhaled meds I'm going to ask my vet about this. A home purifier is a good idea, I have a small one made by Holmes it really gets a lot of dust out of the air. You sure have your hands full and are doing a great job taking care of your babies. xoxo to all
Thank you for loving your animals so much!! That makes me very happy :).
Purrs and woofs,
Carrie the SnipPet Girl
all the best,
We had a similar scare with one of our cats this past weekend. Long story short, she has seasonal allergies just like us and needs to stay out of the pollen here.
Small world! :-)
Hugs from Vancouver,
thank you for all the good thoughts, he's doing great today!
I have a kitty with asthma. Well, had. We took her in during one of her fits so they could fit her for medication and they have us a long list of to-do's; keep the house dry, be extra vigilant about the mold (we live in a DAMP climate), things like that. My husband and I talked it over and we decided to tear out all the carpets. They were old and she's so low to the ground.
We tore them out, replaced them with a sustainable laminate and our kitty has been fine ever since! Not one more attack.
We also decided to give the interior a coat of mold resistant non-voc paint and found that once we did that, we didn't need to buy the dehumidifier. Obviously your pollen-rich area is a lot different than the damp Northwest but I thought I'd share.
Good luck! I hope Stanley's medication works for him!
I'll think I'll get the Orek air purifier and not open the windows when the pollen count is high. So far the meds seem to be working and I hoping this will be just a seasonal thing for him!
I could hug you if you were here in Australia lol. So many people would not go to the trouble with their animals especially feline animals. I would and I'm so glad that there are others like you and me out there. I knew you would not be able to give him the steroid injections because of his heart failure condition as the steroids can cause heart problems, even in humans. Animals make the very best of friends don't they but I will agree it is very costly. I also have a ginger tabby and she is delightful we call her Saffron due to her colour.
Take care of your beauties.
you might not get this post since it is an older entry but i got behind. i wrote you after stanley was diagnosed with HCM as my cat, belle also was diagnosed young with HCM. when i started reading your post i got goosebumps! the same thing happened with belle she too has HCM and asthma. HCM for almost 5 years and asthma for 3.5 years. stanley and belle are on the same medications too!