I'm so sorry to read Spanky now has this problem.  There is a Yahoo heart group 
that may help.

Did your vet give Spanky any Lasix?  It does help reduce the fluid.  My sweet 
Albert went into CHF and was dx with severe HCM. When he went into CHF the vet 
gave him days/wks to live.   He was lasix for 1 1/2 yrs before his little heart 
gave out.  

It is something to try.

--- On Tue, 11/23/10, Stacy Zacher <stacy_zac...@yahoo.com> wrote:

> From: Stacy Zacher <stacy_zac...@yahoo.com>
> Subject: [Felvtalk] Spanky - fluid in chest
> To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
> Date: Tuesday, November 23, 2010, 8:58 PM
> Hi:
> I am crossposting this message also. 
> I urgently need advice on my kitty, Spanky (FELV+, early
> Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy).  
> I noticed over the weekend and week he started feeling
> worse and that his respiration rate
>  seemed to be higher than normal (he is usually about 18
> breaths a minute and now it is 32 or  - still not alarming
> but getting there). 
> I took him to the vet and the vet said it did sound like he
> was having difficulty breathing and his heart sounded very
> fast. He took a chest xray and Spanky came back open mouth
> breathing which he never does (from stress).  The vet said
> it was not good news, that his chest cavity is filled with
> fluid -not in the lungs but outside the lungs. He barely
> looked like he had any breathing space in the xrays.  It
> was awful.  He said they could do a chest tap but they
> would have to put him under anesthesia for that. 
> Spanky is still grooming, eating a little and drinking and
> walks around a little.  I'm not sure how long he has
> left.  From the xrays the vet said it didn't look like more
> than a few days but looking at him, he doesn't seem that
> near the end to me. However, I know how well they hide
> illness.  
> I'm looking for any advice or any information at all. I'm
> not sure what to do, if a chest tap could buy him another
> month or  if it only be days. I don't want him to suffer
> him and not be able to breathe (I have asthma and know that
> feeling so I can't imagine not doing anything - 
> chest tap or other). THe vet wasn't sure if the fluid could
> be caused by having lymphoma or just his hypertrophic
> cardiomyopathy and recommended that if I do go for the chest
> tap, to do it at the ER vet/cardiologist who is probably
> better equipped to handle an emergency.  I guess I knew
> this was coming and we are out of miracles now but I am
> having such a difficult time thinking his time is up after
> all we've been through together.  
> Is there anything at all that can reduce fluid besides a
> chest tap? 
> Spanky has always been a very brave fighter and he is still
> so brave and fighting but I know he's getting tired. I just
> can't imagine my life without him.  I stopped giving him
> all his meds now - he was on so much and he actually seemed
> to perk up once I stopped (coq10, lysine, transfer factor
> tri factor plus,interferon, cyproheptadine, pet-tinic I was
> still giving). 
> I just feel so lost and helpless....I'm going to take
> vacation tomorrow to spend time with him.
> Thanks so much for all your help, I will keep everyone
> posted as to his progress.
> Stacy and Spanky
> stacy_zac...@yahoo.com
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