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alek0
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« on: September 14, 2016, 02:17:32 AM »

Had to take Max in as emergency, he tried to pee and there was lots of blood and he kept straining and trying to go.

Good news is that there were no stones in X-ray and he is not blocked. There was lots of mucous on the outside of urethra, no crystals observed under microscope in that mucous, and since his bladder was almost empty I refused the needle to get the urine sample since I could get one later to examine for crystals. He got antibiotic injection, Cystaid capsules for a week and the vet wanted to give him Metacam for pain (since his kidneys are fine) which I refused since I want his kidneys to stay fine. Unless cats are very different from humans, I don;t think NSAID would make a big difference in the UTI pain (speaking from personal experience). I got a different oral painkiller to use as needed, it wasn't needed, next day things were back to normal and Max was showing no discomfort.

The part which got me really worried is that the vet detected a heart murmur, he said he would categorise it as grade I-II (Max's heart rate was quite high then, he was rather scared and likely very uncomfortable). During echocardiogram in May everything was fine. His regular vet never mentioned anything about heart murmur during a checkup. I have an appt with his regular vet tomorrow and I'll ask him to listen to his heart quite thoroughly and then decide if we need to repeat echocardiogram earlier (next one should be May next year just to check if everything stays the same). Any opinions on this? How much should I worry about it?
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« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2016, 03:37:47 AM »

Sorry to see this hope Max is feeling better and he can pee now. Your regular vet should be able to give you an idea about the heart issue I have had several cats with murmurs including my current one. Hugs to Max Kiss.
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« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2016, 05:47:44 AM »

If he was slightly dehydrated , that could cause a very slight murmur to sound worse . Have had that happen with Remy & Oreo . Is he on any meds other than what was given yesterday ?
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« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2016, 08:50:56 AM »

Poor Max, ouch! I hope he keeps feeling ok and there are no more episodes. Hope the "murmur" is only from the dehydration, too.
Many ((hugs))
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« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2016, 10:13:04 AM »

I had a cat who only had a murmur when he was stressed.

As for pain meds, Onsior is my choice for cats.  Don't know if it's available to you, but it's a much safer choice than Metacam in my experience.
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« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2016, 02:31:31 PM »

I've had several cats with heart murmurs. The vets never seemed especially concerned, although one vet did send us to a vet school in a neighboring state with one kitty for a precise echocardiogram. Hoping Max bounces back quickly and feels better.
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« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2016, 09:56:16 PM »

Max had a checkup with his regular vet, no murmur. Echocardiogram in may was fine, we will repeat in next May. Vet thinks it is a stress murmur, it was very slight (gradeI-II) and Max was truly terrified that night and his heart rate was very fast.

My vet said it is not uncommon to have stress murmur, if the heart is beating so fast there is no time for it to fill up completely there can be turbulent flow which is causing murmur.

After Convenia and Cystaid, Max is fine, no problems and didm;t seem to need pain meds. I have asked for something else and got oral tangesic or whatever it is called (bupenorphine) to use if needed, he didm;t seem to need it.

I'll keep him on Cystaid for a month, then check his urine for crystals and decide where to go from there depending on the finding. His pH is normal.

He also seems to have one fused vertebrae (incidental finding on Xray) but that does;t seems o bother him in any way.
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