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Gertie

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Please I need advice. My beautiful kitty Murphy is not doing well. he is 10 year's old. He had an asthma attack 2 weeks ago. I took him to the ER. They put him on prednisone and an inhaler, also gave him a shot. He has not bounced back. I took him to his vet yesterday. she thought she heard a heart murmur but the other vet in her practice could not hear it. She was very kind and sent him home on prednisone again. I feel my little guy has a heart problem. His buddy Myles died of congestive heart failure 6 years ago, I think Murphy has the same issue, any advice please. 





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Hi Gertie,
Im sorry for everything you’re going through with sweet Murphy.
I’m surprised that your vet sent Murphy home on prednisone again if the problem didn’t resolve the first time. Prednisone can be useful but it also masks things. You mention that the vet is very kind and that feels comforting when our precious ones are ill. However, this vet doesn’t seem to have a clear diagnosis of the problem and that is what you need. Is there another vet there that you can take Murphy to in that practice?
If not I would ask around (friends, colleagues) to find a vet with a good reputation, one who will give you the answers you need. That would be my advice. Good luck and please post update an update on how your sweet Murphy is doing.
Hugs to you!
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Gertie

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Thank you for your reply, I really appreciate it. The vet is a good and competent DR. She wanted to re do the xrays and an ultrasound of Murphy's heart. I hate to say money is tight right now, I am newly divorced and hove only 1 pay check. I spent $875 so far, I reached out to my ex husband hoping he will help pay for the cost. Murphy is his pet also.  I feel it is a heart problem. I have worried prednisone will make that worse. I love this little guy so much. He is eating but seems more tired and not himself.The vet at the ER did not check his heart just treated the symptoms which she said it was an asthma attack. Does anyone know anything about heart problems in a kitty?

Again thank you for taking the time to write to me. 

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Hi Gertie,

I hope Murphy is doing better.

My cat had a grade 4 heart murmur. It was easy for any vet to hear it. I gave him benazapril daily for years. Sadly I recently lost him to cancer. He was 17.

I paid for yearly blood work and blood pressure, but never an ultrasound.

I am not qualified to make medical recommendations, just sharing my experiences.

If I were you, I would speak to the vet again and get options, recommendations and estimates.
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Hi Gertie,

I have a dog with a heart murmur and chronic cough and was told by my vet that she was certain that my dog was in the late stages of heart failure, giving her only weeks to live. On her x-rays, she never showed any sign of fluid in her abdomen and her heart was only slightly enlarged. I took a referral to a specialist and had the ultrasound (echocardiogram) done only to find out that my dog was nowhere near heart failure. The cardiologist thinks it's actually chronic bronchitis (so similar treatment to asthma). The ultrasound was the defining test so if you can afford it, it should give a much more definitive diagnosis. I spent over $800 but it was worth every penny to know that she has something that's more manageable. I was also told that x-rays are less reliable because if a pet is moving or breathing a certain way, the organs can appear differently and give an incorrect diagnosis. Hope he's doing better. Good luck!
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Hi Gertie, I’m just checking in on Murphy and on you. I hope you’re both doing alright. Hugs!
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Gertie

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Thank you  both so much for replying. Murphy is doing better. I forgot to mention the Vet asked me to try panacur for lung worm. She thought it was something that would not harm him but worth a shot. It has been 7 days and Murphy started to improve on day 4. he is also tapering off prednisone. I will follow up with her tomorrow. I am hopeful but cautious. Lung worm in cats is similar to Asthma and heart disease. I was not going to give the panacur to Murphy until I read up on lung worm in cats. I am so glad I did. Going forward I am not sure if Murphy has lung damage but I am so grateful this vet took the time to care, her kindness and caring is something we don't see too often. I mentioned I am on a tight budget these days, she understood. The ER were not so caring. This practice was murphys full time vet until a year ago. I switched because of an error they made regarding my Lhasa Ivan.

Happy 4th to everyone on this site. 

Gertie.

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Hi Gertie,

I am so glad Murphy is doing better and that you have a good and understanding vet to help you with caring for Murphy.

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Thank you. Too early to tell but I am hopeful. 
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