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« on: August 25, 2014, 03:56:03 PM »

I took Sammy in for his check up and now he has a heart murmur.  It wasn't there before.  We have been home for about a half hour and he jeeps panting and breathing fast.  He did that when I first got him but I think he doesn't like to go in the car and be locked in the crate. 

He also has been tossing furballs and not pooping for a couple days. He hasn't been eating very well and I think he may have eaten a piece of plastic shower curtain.  For that reason she didn't give him the rabies shot.

So now he needs a cardiac workup. Cry
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« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2014, 04:21:26 PM »

 Cry   Oh no, I'm so sorry, Judy, that Sammy is not well. Hopefully the murmur can be treated and will not be permanent.

Hugs to both you and Sammy.

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« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2014, 05:07:31 PM »

Sorry to hear about Sammy. I have 2 cats now with heart murmurs, possibly a third. Cassie has had it (murmur and hcm) since she was born and it's been stable all these years, requiring no medications. In fact, she has an echo and cardio work up about every 2nd or 3rd year now. I've been told that Rascal and Gracie both have heart murmurs, but they seem to come and go. Buffy does have a severe murmur, but he also has cardiomyopathy. With the cancer we haven't bothered to do the cardio stuff because it has been stable.

I hope that you can get things sorted out. Imagine that eating plastic can't make him feel comfortable at all. Please keep us posted.
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« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2014, 06:37:10 PM »

I am sorry to hear that Sammy is giving you cause for worry, but sometimes those murmurs can be totally benign. Fluffy had one diagnosed at 12, and lived to be over 19 without ever needing heart medication. I hope something similar will be true for Sammy.

It sounds like he may be constipated, but I hope he didn't eat the shower curtain--or if he did, that it was not a very big piece.

Sending many good thoughts to you and Sammy.
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« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2014, 06:45:02 PM »

You might want to call the vet or take Sammy back if the panting keeps up.  He may have gotten stressed enough from the vet trip to kick his heart into a crisis.  That's what happened to my boy cat many years ago, except he also had his vaccines.  The vet told me during that visit he had a murmur, then gave all the vaccines.  When I got home he was weak and couldn't do much other than lie on his side panting, so I rushed him back to the vet.  He stabilized but I ended up having to take him to a cardiologist and get him on meds.  It's really good your vet held off on the vaccine.  I hope Sammy has calmed down now and will be OK without further treatment. 
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« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2014, 06:56:31 PM »

Gypsy has a heart murmur that comes and goes as well, and they have not put her on any medication. Her murmer seems to show up when she is more stressed.  They do tend to hold off on the vaccines until they're sure everything else is fine.  I agree with catbird on the constipation thought.  Did they say anything about that?

I hope Sammy feels better soon.
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« Reply #6 on: August 26, 2014, 05:48:24 AM »

Sammy is only 3 assuming he was 1 when I got him 2 years ago.  The shelter said he was 5 but he was not according to my vet and his paperwork from when he was found as an injured stray.

He pooped this morning!!!!!
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« Reply #7 on: August 26, 2014, 05:49:59 AM »

We love poops!!!
Hope Sammy is feeling much better today.
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« Reply #8 on: August 26, 2014, 07:22:17 AM »

I just saw this thread, ranger.  Glad he is feeling a little better Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: August 26, 2014, 07:44:58 AM »

Always good news when you have been waiting for them to poop and they come through!  I hope this will make him feel better, and that you will get a good report from the cardiologist.
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« Reply #10 on: August 26, 2014, 07:57:50 AM »

Gosh, sorry to hear about the murmur.  I hope it's benign and doesn't require treatment!  When is the workup scheduled?

Yay for poop.  LOL!
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« Reply #11 on: August 26, 2014, 08:37:11 AM »

Glad that Sammy pooped, but sorry that he has a heart murmur. Sending prayers and good thoughts that most of the symptoms were just from being stressed and that any heart problem is minor. 
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« Reply #12 on: August 26, 2014, 08:47:04 AM »

Yes, heart murmurs can quite often be benign.  Did vet mention what grade it was? Llike 1/6, etc.?  Some of my cats have had murmurs since they were kittens.  Good that your vet is being thorough and doing a cardiology workup.  Any signs of the curtain in the poop?  {{hugs}}  How is Sammy's breathing now?
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« Reply #13 on: August 26, 2014, 11:33:49 AM »

Since he pooped I am now assuming he did not actually eat plastic (I hope).  Everything he threw up was fur or liquid so he can't be blocked.

I made an appointment for Friday morning for the heart echo, expensive but I hope his insurance will cover most of it.  I maybe should have done this two years ago.

The odd thing is Sammy does not breathe fast or pant when we are going somewhere only when we get home or are on the way home.  Last night was the worst and all he had done was have his nails cut and his gut felt for lumps. 

Rats there was a lump in his colon I had better continue to give laxatone and it's getting hot.
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« Reply #14 on: August 26, 2014, 01:12:04 PM »

Did you just get a report about the lump in his colon? Hope that the laxatone does the job.
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