I am so confused because I had to put my sweet cat to sleep and I never even got a diagnosis from the vet. I will start at the beginning. I have 2 cats (Thelma and Louise) from the same litter and they are now 11 years old. Took them for the annual checkup and shots and they got a clean bill of health. Three days later Louise threw a clot to her front paw. Vet said she must have cardiomyopathy and suggested xray and ultrasound. Ultrasound revealed only mild heart disease but they were concerned about the fluid around her lungs and suggested she might have cancer brewing somewhere. They treated her with an anti inflamatory and prescribed lasix and baby asprin to reduce the fluid and prevent clotting. A few days later she was vomiting blood. They said it was probably from the asprin and prescribed carafate and pepcid since she was no longer eating or drinking. She was also dehydrated so they gave her subq fluids. She was hiding all of the time because we were either trying to give her pills or forcing her to eat. We had her at the vet every other day for fluids and they tried antibiotics, appetite stimulants, and some days she would eat a little and other days nothing at all. Then her breathing became labored and they needed to tap her chest to remove the fluids. Two days later we had to tap her chest again. Vet suggested we ultrasound her abdomen to see what else was going on and they found nothing. All her organs were fine. They checked her heart again and still only very mild enlargement nothing to cause the amount of fluid and yet her chest kept filling with fluid faster than they could remove it. Finally, so much fluid caused her lung to collapse, it was with enormous pain and confusion that we decided Louise had enough. Everyday I wonder whether we made the right choice. Maybe if I had given her a little more time for the meds to work. I never asked the vet, but I wondered if the immunization could have caused all of this. All of this occurred over 3 weeks and then she was gone and my heart is broken and I miss her terribly.
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9/9/08 at 12:22pm