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  • Update on Fred

    13 posts, 13 voices, 999 views, started Oct 7, 2010

    Posted on Thursday, October 7, 2010 by Kandykahne 5


    • Emerald

      Three weeks ago we had some good news about Fred that his heart problem had not progressed and he was doing well. That can change quickly and it has.
      Fred has had some problems with fluid build up and he is at the max on his diuretic. The diuretic is working but not enough to keep up with the fluid. We knew the day would come when this would happen but no one including his vets expected it so soon after his diagnosis.
      After speaking with his cardiologist last night he feels that Fred has 3 months to live. We have one option for Fred to have surgery to open the valve. It is very risky as they have to cool Fred down and slow his heart rate down to almost nothing.
      The hubby and I discussed it last night and we have decided to have the surgery done.
      Fred will progress and get worse at this point and if we wait he will not be a candidate for the surgery and as I was told it will not be pleasant for him and he will suffer. His cardiologist told me if Fred were his cat he would have the surgery done and if he didn’t make it through the surgery he will not suffer with his heart defect.
      The hard part is Fred is coping okay with where he is now. To look at him you would not know he is such a sick little guy. He is still playing and acting like Fred but we can see he tires easily and his breathing is hard and he has to rest more often. You seem to think of surgery as a last resort when they are really bad but in Fred’s case it has to be soon.
      Right now we have to put him on a human diuretic which is very powerful and hope he can take it okay. We have to clear him of the fluid before he can have the surgery and he goes back for a re-check in two weeks.
      We‘re staying positive that everything will go well for Fred as he truly enjoys every day of his life and he deserves to have a long one.happy


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