Heart Disease in Cats Cured
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Report on Hypertropic Cardiomyopathy
Healing and Treatment of
Scamper, Domestic house cat
July 1991 - December 3, 2001
Length of diagnosed illness:
January 1998 - July 21, 1999 - DOD (Dec. 3, 2001)
I am writing this report in the hopes that it will be of assistance to others in the treatment of hypertropic cardiomyopathy in cats. I am not a doctor or a veterinarian, merely a lay person who has been very interested in natural, holistic healing since a young girl, and have tried to the best of my ability to utilize all methods available.
In January 1998, I took my Scamper kitty to the emergency clinic late one night because he was breathing heavily and in pain. He was given Lasix, and the vet took an x-ray and said he might have heart disease, but after the Lasix all was well until June, and again the same thing. I had moved, and another vet looked at the x-ray, and said there was nothing to be worried about, gave some Lasix, and all again seemed well. A year later in July 1999, again the same thing and that new vet said I should seek an expert’s advice. On July 21, 1999, Scamp was diagnosed with HPTCM (hypertropic cardiomyopathy), aka “heart disease”.
At that time, the vet took me outside the clinic to tell me privately that Scamper might have at most three weeks to live; in fact, he could not believe he was still alive. The ultrasound showed that the heart was greatly enlarged and barely beating due to excessive scar tissue that had developed; it was almost hard as a rock. He explained that the valves of the heart were not beating in the proper rhythm to allow the blood to flow in and out of the heart chambers in the optimal way, and as such was causing them to work harder; as a result scar tissue had developed over time which now engulfed his whole heart. And, because the heart now was so large, it pressed against the lungs causing them to fill up with fluid, making it difficult to breathe and causing Scamp to drown in his own body.
I was appalled. I had no idea that heart disease was an issue for cats. The prescribed allopathic medicines were:
Lasix, Enacard, Diltiazem, Aspirin, Nitroglycerine. This potent cocktail, while immediately effective, was also a recipe for very quick destruction of the liver and kidneys; I knew I had to do something and fast. (Dosages withheld)
My understanding of healing has always been based in common sense: the more natural the substances that are consumed by the body, the healthier it will be; all living systems need to be nourished and cleansed. So that is how I then approached the treatment of Scamper’s illness.
Using my lifelong experience of healng myself, I decided to first augment the drugs with vitamins, herbs and holistic remedies, with the intention of replacing them entirely. The first immediate treatment to augment the allopathic medicine was to give Vitamins A (Cod liver oil), E and C (grape seed extract) in combination, as they work together to heal scar tissue (I had proven this to myself, when in 1968, I had an accident and my legs were badly sliced by jagged glass; a friend’s mother told me to take this combination, and also rub Vit. E on the scars (258 stitches) and today they are invisible).
I also called a holistic vet who recommended that I start adding the amino acidsTaurine and L-Carnatine supplements, as these are absolutely essential nutrients found in organ meats that cats need. Reading several books on holistic pet health, I discovered that Alfalfa and Garlic were good for blood pressure, CoQ10 and Hawthorne berry for heart health, Dandelion for diuretic and minerals, and on and on.
For the first year, I gave Scamp what is known as “therapeutic doses” of the vitamins, to try to make the transition from the drugs (which only provide temporary and often damaging relief) to the more natural forms, hoping that his body would respond quickly. I tried to decrease the allopathic Enacard and Diltiazem; the Enacard was expendable, but the Diltiazem still had to be administered.
Finally in October of 2000, I began to read about homeopathic remedies. Upon administering two drops of Cactus Grandiflorus in Scamper’s mouth (in humans, under the tongue), the results were instantaneous and dramatic - he jumped off my lap, his eyes grew large and alert and he took a stance; his entire demeanor was once again that of the aggressive macho cat I once knew. The Cactus Grandiflorus and the Convalaria Muscara stimulated his heart valves to beat in the proper rhythm immediately . [It is important to note that the homeopathic remedies are cancelled out by the use of holistic tinctures (such as Hawthorne) and should not be administered within one hour of each other.]
With this new development, I was able to replace the allopathic medicines altogether except for one-half tab of Lasix per day, as the heart was so enlarged that the amount of fluid on the lungs was more than the gentle doses of Dandelion could eliminate.
All of this was extreme and very labor intensive due to the advanced stages of the disease. However, 1.5 years after the diagnosis, the heart specialist vet said to me, “I cannot argue with success; he does not have any signs of heart disease.” The heart would always be enlarged, but the scar tissue was now soft and the valves were beating in the proper rhythm.
Scamper lived for 2.5 years after his initial diagnosis, and he did not die of heart disease; instead, he wasted away from kidney failure which I firmly believe was due to the use of Lasix as a diuretic, which is very hard on the kidneys.
A year later when his sibling began showing signs and was diagnosed with heart disease, I was prepared, and cleared it up very quickly.