Griffin’s Surgery Help

Update posted by Jullie Searfoss On Apr 11, 2017

Griff will have his stitches removed today!! yay!!

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Excellent news!!!!!!!

Jody Krasner

Update posted by Apr 12

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Update posted by Jullie Searfoss On Apr 11, 2017

Yet another update.. good news this time! Griffin's tumor biopsy is

negative for cancer!! For some reason the fatty tissue in that area

became inflamed and infected. Weird..it did indeed need to come off though..the only thing I did was put on Advantage II ! I think I will be contacting them..

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Super! Keep the Good news coming!

Susie O\'Connor

Update posted by Apr 11

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Excellent news!!!!!!!!!!

Jody Krasner

Update posted by Apr 11

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Update posted by Jullie Searfoss On Apr 09, 2017

Griffin's echo results are sort of what I was expecting, but not at all what I wanted to hear. Griffin has Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) which is the most common heart disease of cats, whether they are random bred or pedigreed. It is a heart muscle disease in which the papillary muscles (the muscles in the left ventricle that anchor the mitral valve) and the walls of the left ventricle become abnormally thickened. HCM is often a progressive disease, and a proportion of affected cats develop heart failure if the muscle hypertrophy and subsequent scarring of the heart muscle significantly affects heart function. The vet told me that because it is so progressive, I could suddenly lose Griffin at any time. He said that the walls of the heart are very thick and that he could throw a blood clot or have fluid in his lungs or stomach which could present some serious problems or death. There is currently no fluid anywhere.. just the thickening and leaky valve. The vet put him on atenolol which is a beta blocker to help with the heart beating and to help it not work so hard, and on Plavix to help prevent a blood clot. I asked him how long I would have with Griffin and his response was more or less that if I still have him in a year, he should come back in for another echo. =(

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I’m so sorry to hear this. Make every day he has, one to remember. I’m trying to do the same with my 19-year-old creaky boy. We love them so much, and it’s hard to think of life without them. Sometimes I wish we could be as "in the moment" as my fur babies seem to be. Hugs......

Kathy Draper

Update posted by Apr 11

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I take Atenolol, too! Now I love G even more! We cannot control much of life so we must focus on that which is within our control. Love & care for G as well as you can for as long as you can - there is nothing else no matter what the prognosis. He’s on meds which will hopefully help - now he’d love a less stressed mother so I hope you’re able to relax. It looks like G & P are beginning to bond and all is as good as it can be - the rest is beyond your control. Sending our best ~ Dwina & Aunti

Dwina Gliondar

Update posted by Apr 09

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Oh, Jullie. I’m so sorry. Every day is precious. I can’t imagine a better cat mother for Griffin.

Jody Krasner

Update posted by Apr 09

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Update posted by Jullie Searfoss On Apr 06, 2017

Tomorrow Griffin goes for his echocardiogram. I know his heart has some issues.. so at this point, I am hoping they can give a concrete diagnosis and treatment plan. This little guy needs to stay for a long time!!!

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He is such a sweet kitty! Good luck tomorrow!

Dwina Gliondar

Update posted by Apr 06

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Best of wishes for tomorrow. Yes, we need him for a long time.

Kathy Draper

Update posted by Apr 06

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Update posted by Jullie Searfoss On Apr 04, 2017
please check out :

https://youtu.be/2voWBGxBBo4


=)


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Update posted by Jullie Searfoss On Apr 04, 2017

Griffin still has pain.. and those nasty sutures... but he is moving and eating. I had this fear I would lose him like when Jupiter had his surgery and then I lost him only days later. Griff is eating and drinking and potting normally. Phew - still doesn't like his new wet food (c/d), but he LOVES the dry food (which I know he should have less of, but he doesn't like the wet.. ergh)


Griffin's echocardiogram is on Thursday at 6pm.. so my next update will be about how that went! Oh and his stitches come out on the 11th. =)

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Fingers and paws crosssed for Griffin!

Susie O\'Connor

Update posted by Apr 04

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Good boy, Griffin!!!! Keep being a good boy and healing well!

Dwina Gliondar

Update posted by Apr 04

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Update posted by Jullie Searfoss On Mar 31, 2017

Griffin's bloodwork finally came back. His proBNP level is 1379. Normal is 0-100. They are going to take an xray of his chest to make sure there is no fluid in his lungs. If clear, they are going to proceed with local anesthesia to remove the mass. She thought about waiting to get the lesion off, but then decided it really does need to be removed.. so local anesthesia is what she suggested. this is just not good. =(


What this high level means: There is evidence of increased stretch and stress on the myocardium. Clinically significant heart disease is likely at this time. An echocardiogram is recommended for the diagnosis of heart disease. Evaluate for hyperthyroidism (if appropriate), systemic hypertension and renal disease.


Griffin is already scheduled for an echocardiogram on 4/13.

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I’m so sorry to hear this. It feels overwhelming to me just to read it; I can only imagine how you must feel. Know that you and Griffin are loved. My heart is with you.

Jody Krasner

Update posted by Mar 31

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Update posted by Jullie Searfoss On Mar 31, 2017

Griffin's bloodwork finally came back. His proBNP level is 1379. Normal is 0-100. They are going to take an xray of his chest to make sure there is no fluid in his lungs. If clear, they are going to proceed with local anesthesia to remove the mass. She thought about waiting to get the lesion off, but then decided it really does need to be removed.. so local anesthesia is what she suggested. this is just not good. =(

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Hold tight, we´re all with you xx

Susie O\'Connor

Update posted by Mar 31

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Update posted by Jullie Searfoss On Mar 31, 2017

Griffin is now at the vet for surgery. I am still waiting to hear back from the vet about his pre-surgery bloodwork, but the tech said it looked ok. Not sure yet what time the surgery will begin, but I will update here when i find out!

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fingers and paws are crossed! xx

Susie O\'Connor

Update posted by Mar 31

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Holding you & Griffin in our hearts!

Dwina Gliondar

Update posted by Mar 31

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Update posted by Jullie Searfoss On Mar 31, 2017

on 3/30, Griffin has finally begun eating again from his stressful bladder ordeal. He was picking at wet food and c/d dry, but it just wasn't to his liking. On Wednesday, Griffin began a new food.. Hills Metabolic + Urinary Stress. He LOVES it. So he at almost an entire cup and he ate almost a can of c/d wet! YES! Now - surgery today.. eek

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Hope Griffin will be fine. I know how it feels when you´re loosing someone. Best wishes from germany!

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I wish that I could send more, much more, but little by little things can get done. My heart just hurts for you. I know how it feels to loose cats in a short time. I lost all 3 of mine between May and July 4 years ago and I still feel the pain. You and Griffin will be in my prayers for sure.

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Sorry for Griffin being sick. But I did'nt know that Kona was also gone. Those bladder stones are dangerous. Get a very good food from the vet. It might be a bit more expensive, but you would prevent an operation which is very expensive. My cat Rusty lived to 15.5 years but he never had bladder stones. I always got him food from the vet. Good luck !!!

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