My 3 year old female cat was born with a heart murmur. She seemed to be doing well, until recently when she contracted fleas from mice in the basement. She’s stopped eating, her liver is not doing well, red blood count is down, white is up. The vet put some flea killer on her. They want to give her an antibiotic, which I will allow for right now to kill off the bad bacteria and infection. I want to give her Milk Thistle for the liver to help regenerate it. But she is also starting to get fluid in the lungs. What should I start with to get her to eat, and help the fluids? I don’t want to be shoving a bunch of stuff down her throat when she is in bad shape in the first place. Anything in liquid form to use a dropper? Thanks for your help! I will be bringing her home later this morning.
You may try PetAlive Heart and Circulation Tonic. It contains hawthorne that is cardio protective and helps contractility. Improving the contractility should help decrease the amount of fluid in the lungs. Bio-cardio by Thorne contains Co Q10 and amino acids that supports the energy and enhances oxygenation of the heart. LiverAid by PetAlive improves liver health and aids in the elimination of systemic toxins. The PetAlive products are both in liquid form so they should be easy to administer by mouth or dosing in the food, additionally all the supplements should be safe to give with medications.
Several cat-safe herbs you may try growing in your home are catnip, cat mint, valerian and cat thyme. There are some excellent resources on the internet on light levels and ideal soil content.
Her diet should contain very good quality proteins with no grains, preservatives or food dyes. This will also help with the cardiac function and be much healthier for her liver. Best of luck.
Colleen Smith DVM, CVA