Home from minnie’s cardiology checkup with good news! minnie’s heart is pumping nice and normal 💜 we started monitoring every 6 months after losing albus and neemoy to heart disease. minnie has had two good appointments in a row aaand we get the cost of her echocardiograms reimbursed through @embracepetins 👏🏻 💵 also thanks to dr. yanni at medvet columbus for always treating our babies as if they were his own 👨🏻⚕️❣️ #preventativecare#hcmawareness
Jason had his revisit to the cardiologist yesterday and it went as good as it can considering his chf. we are over the moon and will keep our fingers and paws crossed that it will be years until the next chf.
all fluids are gone from his chest and lungs, he’s breathing so much better and his heart is not as strained as last week.
we would like to take this opportunity to raise some hcm awareness since it’s such an awful disease and can cause so much pain. therefore i would like to strongly recommend everyone to scan your babies hearts on a regular basis at your nearest vet/animal hospital where they have the resources and skills needed. catching the disease at an early stage will mean you can start with the needed medication early, follow the progress of the disease more closely or look out for signs of chf like we did with jason. there is no cure for the disease, only medication to ease the symptoms...
She liked laying on the most awkward things! this was back when she’d had her neck and sides of her body shaved for her bloods and x-rays and scans to find out more about her heart condition. if you look closely you can see how she’s bloated out at the sides, that was because of fluid build up from her heart working so hard, always something to keep an eye on with your kitties. it was the first symptom she showed of her heart condition. luckily she was put straight on the medications she needed to be on 💎💙 miss her so much 😪 #hcmcat#grieving#bririshblue#britishshorthair#bluecat#hcmawareness#gemini
Over the weekend, on friday september 28th, dean died from a heart condition that we didn't know about.
we have since found out that his sister, luna, also has the same condition.
that's why i'm here now. i want to warn those with ragdolls and oriental breeds to get their cats hearts checked out. ask your vet to do an ultrasound for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, don't just go by what the heart sounds like. dean didn't have a murmur, or a gallop beat.. his heart sounded healthy. it sounded perfect. but it wasn't. his heart was filled with scar tissue because his left ventricle was swelling and not letting enough blood out. blood was getting stuck in his heart and creating clots that he eventually threw and passed from.
we thought he had constipation, but instead he died unexpectedly while waiting for medication to work.
luna has a small amount of swelling and a few clots and we're working closely with the vet to extend her life as long as we can.
so for dean.. for your babies.. ask for an ultrasound of their hearts if you have a ragdoll, maine coon, siamese or any oriental breed. 15% of cats die from this condition every year, many times without the owners knowledge of it.
it's a genetic disease that mostly affects male cats, so if you have several cats from one litter, please get them all checked out. dean was healthy and playful up until two days before he passed.
make up for my mistakes and my lack of knowledge. make sure your babies are as healthy as possible.
Happy heartiversary to one of my bestie little angels of a friend. it’s been 25 years of friendship & im so thankful for you. i remember this day years ago when you went for your surgery, and being the trooper you were days later you were walking around like nothing happened. i’m eternally grateful for you, my little cyborg. 🖤🖤🖤 #hcm#hcmawareness#crayonstealer#chuckyandtiffany
It has been one tough week as my mom went through a surgery on her heart. a surgery that only 7 doctors in the country specialize in. not being there did not sit very well with me. not seeing her, not being able to talk to her and just feeling so helpless and so far away. i had a very hard time not being there after the doctor rescheduled for an earlier date. but...the important thing is the surgery went well and her quality of life will be better and now i can be there when she really needs me. my dad and brother @anto267 was there every step of the way. 🙏 happy...grateful to be going home to help my mom when she needs me the most!!!!. to give her the comfort and help around the house that she needs post surgery. thankful she is here today. reflecting on the amazing women she is and how blessed i am to have her in my life!!!! #lifeisprecious#lifeisagift ❤❤❤ #family#preflightritual#preflightselfie#hcmawareness