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jenny November 10th, 2003 08:10 AM

my 11 yr old diabetic cat was dxg's with asthma. she has been given an antibotic for inflammation in her traciea and put on steriods. after a week of not getting better the vet gave her a shot of steriods (to last 4-6 weeks) still not better after a week so she precscribed theophillin and some lasix's for the fluid on her lungs.

my cat is moaning constantly and especially after she eats. she wants to hide all the time and cries out when we pick her up to give her the meds. she will barely eat anything. she is very inactive. i feel that she is in pain and wonder if there could be something else going on. i have told my vet that she is in pain and is miserable but she insist that she is just uncomforable.

should i get a second opinion? i would go to the ends of the earth for my cat but seeing her like this i cannot handle.

thank you.

Lucky Rescue November 10th, 2003 10:15 AM

If my cat were moaning, hiding and in pain, I would certainly get a second opinion. This sounds way worse than "uncomfortable" to me!

She is obviously suffering, and something must be done one way or another.

You sound like a very caring person, and I hope you can find some answers.

Luba November 10th, 2003 02:21 PM

Sounds like more then just asthma to me!!

Respiratory illnesses and masses can cause breathing problems and pain.

Has the kitty been xray'd?

I've been down this road with my dog who has since passed.
Go back to your vet and demand xrays or go to an emergency animal clinic...they give the best work ups as they have specialized docs on staff.

Good luck and keep us posted

(hi LuckyRescue...looks like I'm following you around haha)

petdr November 26th, 2003 01:30 PM

At this point an x-ray film of the chest and an ultrasound scan of the heart is an excellent idea. You may need to see a specialist at a referral center or if you are close enough the teaching hospital of a veterinary school. Do this soon, do not delay. Diabetes can cause cardiac and pulmonary disease. You have already attempted cortisone therapy for allergic tracheobronchitis (commonly called 'feline asthma'), and while this is very effective for feline asthma, it is not effective for cardiomyopthy, restrictive cardiac disease, cardiac hypertrophy, pulmonary fibrosis, etc.

Infectious diseases are common with diabetes because the high blood sugar in poorly regulated diabetics is an excellent medium for bacterial growth. You have also used antibiotic therapy, and this may have helped however an anorectic, debilitated feline will need constant evaluation to ensure proper antibiotic treatment. High bacterial counts in the blood system have been known to destroy the valves of the heart and cause significant lung/chest disease. Theophylline and Lasix help certain lung and heart diseases, and do little or nothing for other types of heart/lung diseases. It is wise to have a firm diagnosis before instituting treatment. Treat the cause, not the symptom. Unfortunately, cancer is always a possibility, and the x-ray and ultrasound scans will rule this in or out.

Dr. Van Lienden

Dr. Raymond Van Lienden DVM
The Animal Clinic of Clifton
12702 Chapel Road, Clifton
Virginia, U.S.A. 20124

eva357 December 24th, 2008 01:15 AM

My husband has high cholesterol like 280. Now he has begun exercising daily. Eats 2 fruits a day which includes an apple, has 6 servings of veggies, Soya products with all meals, oats at breakfast, whole grain breads, lean meat mostly chicken and has reduced saturated/ hydrogenated containing foods to twice a week in controlled quantity. Will this help lower his cholesterol?

danam314 December 24th, 2008 02:35 AM

Is your husband a K9? :D :pawprint: ;)

(sorry, I couldn't resist!)

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