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« on: September 21, 2014, 01:20:07 PM »

I am posting from my phone at the vet ER. Linley is in some type of respiratory distress. Please pray. We don't know what is wrong.
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« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2014, 01:28:45 PM »

Serious prayers for Linley and for you. How frightening!
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« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2014, 02:03:58 PM »

OMCat, Sad  Many prayers for Linley.  Please keep us posted.
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« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2014, 02:06:31 PM »

Sending prayers for poor little Linley. Please keep us updated.

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« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2014, 02:31:31 PM »

Sending prayers for Linley, I hope this scary event turns out to be something minor.
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« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2014, 02:58:48 PM »

Saying a prayer for Linley. I hope it's just something temporary.

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« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2014, 03:16:42 PM »

Linley is going to be staying overnight at the vet hospital. His respiratory rate is extremely rapid. On the way to the ER, he started open-mouthed panting. When we got there, he was immediately put in an oxygen cage.

What happened: He has not been quite himself most of the past week. About a week ago, he started having reluctance to go up and down stairs, and was less active than usual. However, he gradually got better through the week, and Friday and Saturday was his normal self. We figured he'd just wrenched a muscle or something, perhaps wrestling with Cara.

However, today he was back "down" and worse, not eating well, not active at all. I made plans to take him to the vet tomorrow. Then mid-afternoon, my daughter took out the vacuum cleaner, and he got scared, as he always does. He started to breathe very rapidly, and at times had a sort of squeaking noise in his throat. Even when the vacuum was put away, he did not get better, just sat in a hunched posture breathing quite rapidly and hard. At that point I decided, "I am not going to wait to take him in tomorrow. He is going to the ER now."

He was oxygenating fine on room air, but they put him in the oxygen cage to see if it would slow his breathing. It didn't. They can't do much more examining (chest x-ray, etc.) until they get his breathing rate down. So they are giving him a sedative.

The good news is that he's alert, although in a state of panic, sitting up, oriented, interactive, etc. The quick exam they were able to do did not reveal any strong wheezing, sounds of fluid in his lungs, etc. although they did hear a heart murmur. When he's calmed down, they will do a chest x-ray and see what that shows. Because respiratory issues can go along with heart problems, he will be transferred to cardiology tomorrow for echo and ECG.

The possibilities at this point are heart problem (he's about 8 with no prior history of anything), asthma attack, or possibly something like a throat or nasal polyp that is restricting his upper airway.

My poor, poor sweet boy.  Cry He has never been sick a day since we've had him.  We are all very upset, especially since we lost Isis on Oct.1 last year and I could just feel the stress building toward that. We also lost Mac at age 16 in 2004 on Sept.23 to a severe heart issue that seemed to come on suddenly, so this is a bad time of year for us.

They will call us in 2-3 hours to let us know the results of the chest x-ray and how he is doing.  While he's there, he will get his first senior blood panel (he's about 8 ) and a general exam, which was going to be done in mid-October anyway.

Please keep those prayers coming! Thank you.
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« Reply #7 on: September 21, 2014, 03:28:33 PM »

How scary catbird! I'm so sorry this has happened and he has to stay at the vet. I hope it's just a panic attack or something and not a problem with his heart. I think it is a good sign that he was alert and oriented even with the rapid breathing. I know how scared I was when Smoggy choked on that hairball and then would not stop panting. I hope the vet calls with some good news for you.
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« Reply #8 on: September 21, 2014, 03:46:13 PM »

Oh no, I know how scared you and your family are.  I wonder what in the world is wrong?  Feel better FAST, Linley Kiss Kiss
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« Reply #9 on: September 21, 2014, 03:48:17 PM »

Oh Catbird.  Poor baby. Keeping you all in my prayers, especially Linley.  Hope it is something they can figure out quickly and get him on the mend.  Asthma? Food reaction?
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« Reply #10 on: September 21, 2014, 03:58:37 PM »

Lots of prayers coming from here.

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« Reply #11 on: September 21, 2014, 03:59:09 PM »

Hoping that lil' baby Linley will be OK in a short time. Hoping that it may be something simple that can be taken care of quickly.

Why do scary things always happen on the weekend?  Huh

 Kiss for Linley and hugs to you catbird and family.

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« Reply #12 on: September 21, 2014, 04:03:20 PM »

I hope it is something minor that can be solved quickly.
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« Reply #13 on: September 21, 2014, 04:04:54 PM »

The news is not good. Linley is in the early stages of heart failure. The x-ray showed some enlargement of his heart, and a little fluid starting in his chest, not much.  Cry Cry Cry

He will get Lasix to draw off the fluid, and a medication to help his heart. Then tomorrow he will be transferred to cardio for ECG, echo, and those results will determine the course of treatment and what medications will be needed long-term.

They said he looks much better overall than the typical heart failure cat, which is in his favor for long-term survival. Of course, they won't know for sure until they get the echo, but she said some cats live many years with the right heart medications.

My poor boy.  Cry He is only 8. He's always been such a big, healthy boy.

My daughter who found him 7 years ago is very upset.

Thank goodness I decided to take him in when I did.  I just keep telling myself that. That's about all I can hold onto right now.
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« Reply #14 on: September 21, 2014, 04:11:59 PM »

Please pray especially for my poor DH. He is distraught right now, and has health issues of his own, so this is not good for him at all.
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