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Re: Jennie has been diagnosed with carcinoma (cancer)
« Reply #255 on: January 08, 2019, 03:00:33 PM »
Great news that the chest x ray was fine, hopefully that will give you some reassurance.

 I'm sorry that I can't suggest any reason for the elevated respiration rate. Do you notice any change in the rate in relation to when you give meds?

You're doing a brilliant job. No one could do more for Jennie's quality of life than you are.

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Re: Jennie has been diagnosed with carcinoma (cancer)
« Reply #256 on: January 08, 2019, 03:54:02 PM »
Great news that the chest x ray was fine, hopefully that will give you some reassurance.

 I'm sorry that I can't suggest any reason for the elevated respiration rate. Do you notice any change in the rate in relation to when you give meds?

You're doing a brilliant job. No one could do more for Jennie's quality of life than you are.

xx

Only just starting to watch for something like this, thanks WG. xxxx  I'm not good are wording searches and cannot find the information I am looking for regarding if the cerenia, gabapentin or piroxicam might cause accelerated respiration. The search results are not answering my question, I mean.

So far on one "side effect list" I did see that labored breathing could be a sign of an allergic reaction to the piroxicam in conjunction with hives. But I would think if that was what this was it would worsen. 

And I wouldn't call this labored breathing, I would call it faster than normal

Or maybe I would I don't know

Hopefully the vet is doing some looking too, she may have access to more information than I do.


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Re: Jennie has been diagnosed with carcinoma (cancer)
« Reply #257 on: January 08, 2019, 04:56:55 PM »
I have no doubt, between you, Woodland Girl, and vet... you all will figure things out!  ;)

However, I HAVE to ask about this sentence...

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I last checked respiration in all 3 cats in August and Jennie was 29 breaths per minute.

Is this something you have always done?
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Re: Jennie has been diagnosed with carcinoma (cancer)
« Reply #258 on: January 08, 2019, 06:16:05 PM »
Thinking of you.

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Re: Jennie has been diagnosed with carcinoma (cancer)
« Reply #259 on: January 08, 2019, 06:49:15 PM »
Tonight she is 20 BPM. I've checked three times.  She's had her piroxicam and cerenia. 


I have no doubt, between you, Woodland Girl, and vet... you all will figure things out!  ;)

However, I HAVE to ask about this sentence...

Is this something you have always done?


I never thought of it before Tolly.  But I don't know if you remember, with all the fluid he was retaining from his cancer, there was a real danger his lungs would collapse and I had to keep a close eye on his breathing.  Since I was watching his, of course I checked everyone else's too. Since then every now and then I think of it and check them again. Mazy cat and Queen Eva have always been consistent and Jennie was too until recently. But I don't know for sure when I first noticed it. I think I've been noticing it longer than I may realize, but it just wasn't making an impression.

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Re: Jennie has been diagnosed with carcinoma (cancer)
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Re: Jennie has been diagnosed with carcinoma (cancer)
« Reply #261 on: January 09, 2019, 11:43:31 AM »
I didn't watch my human kids, as closely as you watch your cats!  (I probably shouldn't have wrote that in a public thread.)
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Re: Jennie has been diagnosed with carcinoma (cancer)
« Reply #262 on: January 09, 2019, 11:51:59 AM »
I didn't watch my human kids, as closely as you watch your cats!  (I probably shouldn't have wrote that in a public thread.)

You might have been joking, but I just had to say:  if you had watched your kids so closely that you knew their breathing rate, you might have been considered a stalker more than a parent.  Besides, kids can tell you what's wrong (physically) better than cats can.

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Re: Jennie has been diagnosed with carcinoma (cancer)
« Reply #263 on: January 09, 2019, 03:30:59 PM »
I didn't watch my human kids, as closely as you watch your cats!  (I probably shouldn't have wrote that in a public thread.)

It's not like I do it every week. Silly7

 Once or twice a year maybe. It's just good to get a baseline on what's nomral for them, then if something changes you can refer back and know that something might be wrong. No different than getting annual check ups and starting blood work when they turn 9 or 10.


You might have been joking, but I just had to say:  if you had watched your kids so closely that you knew their breathing rate, you might have been considered a stalker more than a parent.  Besides, kids can tell you what's wrong (physically) better than cats can.



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Re: Jennie has been diagnosed with carcinoma (cancer)
« Reply #264 on: January 10, 2019, 12:57:46 PM »
It's not like I do it every week. Silly7

 Once or twice a year maybe. It's just good to get a baseline on what's nomral for them, then if something changes you can refer back and know that something might be wrong. No different than getting annual check ups and starting blood work when they turn 9 or 10.



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Re: Jennie has been diagnosed with carcinoma (cancer)
« Reply #265 on: January 13, 2019, 06:27:23 PM »
Jennie's breathing has been normal every time I've checked for the past few days. Eyes are almost closed when sleeping.  Still open a tiny bit, but not wide like before.

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Re: Jennie has been diagnosed with carcinoma (cancer)
« Reply #266 on: January 14, 2019, 08:10:12 PM »
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Re: Jennie has been diagnosed with carcinoma (cancer)
« Reply #267 on: January 14, 2019, 10:23:50 PM »
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Re: Jennie has been diagnosed with carcinoma (cancer)
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Re: Jennie has been diagnosed with carcinoma (cancer)
« Reply #269 on: January 15, 2019, 04:20:40 PM »
Thanks all. Today I took a reading right home from work, no recent meds, and she was up to 40 BPM again.

Also I had to get the miralax.  I think I mentioned the vet doesn't want me to use mineral oil. She is concerned about nutrient absorption interference.  I just discovered today that lactulose now comes in a powdered form to be added to food, so I might try that, but tonight she is getting 1/4 tsp of miralax.

I am worried it will bulk her stool which would not be good.

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