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Heart Murmur

Discussion in 'Cat Health and Nutrition' started by IndysMamma, May 6, 2010.


  1. IndysMamma

    IndysMamma PetForums VIP

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    Gypsy has just been to the vets for her jabs

    found out she has a heart murmur... 2-3 on a scale of 1-6 :(

    What impact will this have on her life? the vet-nurse was particularly unhelpfull in advice and whatnot...

    Gypsy is 3.3kg and I don't know how that is for her size or anything! also the vet nurse said that heart murmurs are there for life once they appear and they can't improve/disappear... now I *do* know that Gypsy was in very poor condition when found and weighed only 1.6kg just under 3 months ago. I also know from my college course that heart murmurs can be present when the body is under stress and poor health and *can* go away once returned to full health... so could Gypsy's improve further?

    What do I do to protect her/stop her getting worse? I know keep her generally healthy but what else? anything to avoid? anything to do? can I still show her (as long as she likes it and doesn't stress too much)?
     
  2. Elmstar

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    We had a kitten once who was on level 4 of the scale. We are still in contact with his owner and he is now over 2 years old and has absolutely no health problems.

    Heart murmurs can disappear in young cats but you haven't said how old Gypsy is?
     
  3. IndysMamma

    IndysMamma PetForums VIP

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    well there's the thing...

    Rescue says 12-18 months

    Various cat people say 9-13 months

    Vet Nurse says 18-24 months

    now she looks almost *identical* to a friends semi longhaired girl at 9 months but I have pretty much decided to say she's one year... use her adoption date as her birthday. she still has biggish paws and a kitteny face so I would guess still has some growing to do.

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    I'd not take it as fact until it is checked out in a situation that rules out mishearing it. A simple stethescope has a large margin of error & a murmur is regularly misdiagnosed when a vet or vet nurse mishears through their instrument.
     
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    My moggy has a grade 4 murmur. We are not sure of his age bu he is 10yrs plus. He has a very active normal life and has never had any illness since we had him
     
  6. IndysMamma

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    am making an appointment with my vet, one of the two vets I see regular is a cat person and fairly specialist in them so gonna get *her* to look Gypsy over for my peace of mind.

    Also so I can quiz her lots!
     
  7. Elmstar

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    Ahhhh she's gorgeous :)

    I hope she is OK.
     
  8. Dally Banjo

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    Fingers crossed she has'nt but if so you could give her a supliment that will help Im not sure if its Omega 3 or 6 though :rolleyes: or make sure she has plenty of the food its found naturally in Hobbs is a good person to ask :)
     
  9. hobbs2004

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    Oooh thank you Dally Banjo! I am flattered. :eek:

    Salmon oil contains a lot of omega 3 fatty acids that strengthen the immune system, gives a fabulous coat but most importantly it has been found to be beneficial for cats with a heart condition. (Look out for salmon oils that have dha/epa). Omega-3 essential fatty acids have significant beneficial effects on the heart. They lower blood pressure, decrease growth of atherosclerotic plaques, inhibit platelet function, and reduce the susceptibility of the myocardium to fatal arrhythmias. EFA’s are also powerful anti-inflammatory agents.

    Because it goes rancid really quickly, I get the capsules and drizzle the contents on their food a couple of times a week.

    Since you are going to see another vet anyhow, may as well as ask what they think about salmon oil and heart murmurs.....
     
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    Perhaps you could find out if any of the vets at the practice are cardiology specialists and try to see them. I know that 2 are at my practice. I didn't realise they were until I had a dog who needed cardiology input.
    For my newfies I always try to see them for their check ups etc. At least I know the heart is being listened to 'properly'. But I just get charged the usual consultation fee.:D
     
  11. IndysMamma

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    we don't have a cardio specialist though the one I am going to see is a Maine Coon enthusiast and owner and monitors her own for signs, I know one has heart issues as we were talking about the breed.

    At least I know she'll listen and advise and refer me through to someone *she* trusts if there are any queries
     
  12. IndysMamma

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    Just been back to the vets with Gypsy

    my vet confirmed she has the most minor heart tremor, barely even a 1 on the scale and she suspects it is a stress murmur as Gypsy was freaked out by a dog screaming its heead of in the next room. She couldn't hear it as Gypsy started to calm down.

    She wants to see Gypsy in 2 weeks for her second jab and will check again then and then again in 6 months but she's confident that it will go away in time as she is young and was in terrible condition only 2-3 months ago.

    Am starting another thread on a different query though...

    but at least her heart is mostly good and nowhere near as bad as the person I saw before said. Angie says just to monitor it but Gypsy can eat, play etc as normal... no special care needed.
     
  13. hobbs2004

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    That's great news! :thumbup:
     
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