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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-24-2008, 12:03 PM Thread Starter
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Angel's hernia - what to do?

Angel's hernia seems to be getting worse. She only 12 weeks old and has a congenital pericardioperitoneal diaphragmatic hernia. Basically, this condition is causing labored breathing and distress. She is still very active, eats and plays, however I have been noticing that her pupils are large and she purrs all the time. I have read that purring can also be a sign of severe illness or distress.

Her vet said that they really like to wait until cats are 1-year of age before performing the procedure to correct this condition. Especially in her case, apparently this is one of the worst cases my vet has seen. She referred us to a specialist who is willing to perform the surgery sooner than that but there is only an 85% chance of taking her home alive.

I just don't know what to do. Our family just adores this little girl and it would kill me to know that I didn't make the right choice. Do I wait it out and see if she will make it a year or do I just take the chance on surgery and hope she comes through?

I would appreciate any thought or opinions on this, I am so torn.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-27-2008, 08:00 PM
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Re: Angel's hernia - what to do?

Man this is a hard one and my heart goes out to you.

What kind of chance did your vet give Angel to make to a 1yr old?

I dont want to make up your mind for you, as it is up to you and your family, but if it was me I would kept the little girl as happy as I could and hope she makes it to a year. Then her chances of making it through the operation are stronger.
But if her conditon gets worse over the coming mths well thats a different story.

Really all you can do is go with your heart and what you feel is best.
I understand how you would feel torn, you just want to do what is right for your baby.
Listen to your heart.

Ill be thinking of you all.
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Re: Angel's hernia - what to do?

In my opinion every week that you can hold out before the surgery will give her a better chance. As long as she is eating and playing it doesn't seem that she is too bad. Of coarse the opinion of a competent vet is the best thing. Would it make you more comfortable to get a second opinion on her condition, maybe from a specialist?
By the way, Angel is a real cutie.


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Re: Angel's hernia - what to do?

I'm so sorry that Angel and your family are going through this. Has the specialist actually seen Angel, or has this been telephone consult only? Have you spoken directly with the specialist? Have you discussed the pupil dilation and constant purring with the specialist?

I think you need more information (or at least more information than you've posted in this thread) in order to make this decision. If Angel has an 85% chance of surviving the surgery now (which are pretty strong odds, IMO), then what is her chance of surviving another nine months without the surgery? If her eyes are in a state of constant dilation now, and if that dilation is a result of the hernia, is there a chance that she may go partially or fully blind if the hernia is not corrected now? What does the constant purring indicate? Assuming she survives the surgery, is the long term post-surgical prognosis as good if performed now as it would be if performed in another nine months?

If you don't know the answers to these questions, I think a conversation with the specialist is in order. Knowledge is power, and the more you know, the better a decision you can make.

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-03-2009, 02:31 AM
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Re: Angel's hernia - what to do?

I am going thur the same thing as I type.. I found a young cat that was looking for food along a real busy street and most likely to be killed.... I took her to the vet to get her shots and have her spayed , I noticed her breathing was weird because she was breathing near her back legs .. the vet said that she needs a diaphragmatic hernia surgery to live a normal life, like other cats do. A car could of hit her or someone kicked her with alot of force. It has been over 2 months since I got her. The vet advised me that she has a 50% to 80% of living a normal life. I have to watch her from playing or jumping on things because of her breathing.. Everyday it hurts me looking at her and how she is breathing and how she wants to play but cannot let her.. I have spend hours and hours on the internet to see if there is some other way to make her well again but no.The surgery is real expensive over 1,500.00, since that day i took her to the vet , I have been saving money.. I don't look at her as a cat but as a Daughter , she is family. I am counting the days until she gets her surgery. ... I know the pain and emotions that you are going thur.
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