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General anaesthesia on cat with cardiomyopathy

Discussion in 'Cat Health and Nutrition' started by Julie Cloudsdale, Jul 27, 2018.


  1. Julie Cloudsdale

    Julie Cloudsdale PetForums Newbie

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    Hi. I'm new to this forum, and looking for some advice.
    I have an 8 yr old oriental brown male cat with cardiomyopathy including some thickening of the heart wall. He's ok, but the specialist said a year ago, that his heart is fragile and to avoid general anaesthesia.
    His teeth are awful! He needs a couple extracting, but I'm worried. I know bad teeth are no good for hearts but.......
     
  2. Lurcherlad

    Lurcherlad PetForums VIP

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    If he is in pain from his teeth then they need doing but make sure he has adequate antibiotic cover to lessen chances of problems with bacteria which could affect the heart.

    Obviously very worrying for you whilst he is under though.

    I had a similar issue with my lurcher who held his breath with a previous GA but the vet was clued up and fully prepared, along with pre op bloods and adequate abs for Jack all went well.

    I had to risk it because his teeth were awful.
     
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  3. Julie Cloudsdale

    Julie Cloudsdale PetForums Newbie

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    Thanks Lurcherlad, it's a tough decision. Don't think he's in pain, but it's hard to tell with cats. It hurts him to eat certain things though. And, his breath stinks!
     
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    Would have thought a course of antibiotics before the teeth are removed (as well as after) would be well worth while, but I'm not a vet.
     
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