General information on Dilated Cardiomyopathy
Dilated cardiomyopathy occurs when the heart muscles loses their natural tone and become soft and limp. When this happens, the heart chambers overfill, the ventricle walls become thin, and the chambers themselves become enlarged. Dilated cardiomyopathy is rare in cats. Once cause of dilated cardiomyopathy is a deficiency in taurine, which taurine is an essential amino acid found in animal tissue. Another cause of dilated cardiomyopathy in cats is myocarditis. Myocarditis is the inflammation of the heart muscles and has no know cause in cats. Dilated cardiomyopathy does rapidly progress over a few day span of time and leads to heart failure and appears in cats between the ages of two and twenty occurring mostly in cats around the age of ten.
Symptoms of Dilated Cardiomyopathy
Some of the symptoms for dilated cardiomyopathy may be the cat struggles to breathe even while resting, the cat seems to show signs of having an intolerance to exercise, the cat collapses, coughing, a sudden onset of paralysis or generalized pain in the back of the legs usually due to a clot, abdominal distension, loss of appetite, weight loss, weakness, lethargy, heart murmurs, an irregular pulse, and poor circulation which may be noticed by a lower body temperature.
Treatments for Dilated Cardiomyopathy
The treatment for dilated cardiomyopathy is usually directed at correcting a taurine deficiency and controlling fluid preservation. Controlling fluid preservation is best done through the use of diuretics. To correcting the taurine deficiency, taurine is supplemented in the catís diet. Cats who survive the first week of supplementation have an increased chance for survival, but are far from the heart muscles healing. Aspirin may be given to the cat by your veterinarian to reduce the chances for blood clots. A combination of medications may be administered by your veterinarian as well. Your veterinarian may also want the catís diet to allow for a reduced sodium intake. Watching your cat closely to notice if the symptoms should reoccur is important due to the fact that sudden death while the cat is still in treatment is a possibility.
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Dilated Cardiomyopathy experience by - judy
My cat Beautiful was fine Sat night playing with the next door neighbors dog. Do not know his age as I found him as a stray and broght him home. He was the King of the Hill had five girl cats to fight with. Had him neutered and all shots including feline leukemia when I brought him home. Anyways Sat night he started acting strange did not want to come in the house to eat or cuddle. Finally late Sat night I got him in the house and all he did was lay by me. Sunday breathing sounded worse. Still not eating. He was hiding out in weird places kept waking up to go look for him different spot each time. Got him to take water he took it without fighting I knew that was not good. So this morning I took him to the vet sais his temp was 96.5, and he had lost 2 lbs, which was amazing as he ate all the time. When I got home 5 minutes later received call from vet saying beau was coding, they gave him oxygen and a shot no luck, I told them to put him to sleep and cremate him. My animals will never end up in the dumpster. Am so sad, loved Beautiful.
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