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Sent this offlist by mistake:On 20 October 2013 04:35, Jim Sinclair <jisincla@...> wrote:
Good, though I am not sure what would cost so much money if the
ultrasound has already been done. In my experience the ultrasound was
the most expensive part of the diagnostic process. I, and I'm sure
others here, will be very interested to find out what's included in
the £500 work-up!The scan he had that I'm assuming was ultrasound was £70. Is there anything else is could have been? All I know is some fur was shaved behind his right front leg for the process. Poor Philbert is naturally furless underneath, so he could do not to lose more at this time of year!As you say, I really need to know what the £500 would be paying for. So I need to try to speak to the cardiologist, and make sure I have pen and paper to hand.That is also good, and something to speak with the cardiologist about.
> The vet said he could have another ultrasound at a cheaper price as a follow up, but she's clear that she's not a cardiologist.
Follow-up ultrasounds are recommended to track the progress of the
disease so that medications can be adjusted depending on how things
are going. Based on my experience with Clipsy and Rhapsody, as well as
what I've read here, I get the impression that a follow-up ultrasound
is commonly recommended after six months, and the frequency of repeat
ultrasounds after that depends on how much change is observed on the
six-month follow-up (faster progression means more frequent scans,
slower progression means more time between scans).Yes, I'm thinking there's probably not much point in a follow up just a month or so later, especially from someone who admits she's not any kind of cardio expert.
Did they not do a chest X ray as part of what he's already had? That's
something that can be done by a general vet, and if the vet wants it
read by a radiologist, the image can be sent out for a radiologist to
review. (They don't even have physical X ray films anymore that need
to be sent back and forth. The X ray can go directly into a computer
file and be emailed, or put on a CD for the radiologist.)No, the X-ray has been suggested separately. When he went for the scan we had no idea if anything was really wrong or not. He showed a heart murmur at his vaccination check up, but the vet said many cats live years perfectly healthily with heart murmurs, it was just worth checking out given his history. She was unsure if getting out of breath during play was significant, but from what's been said here it sounds like it is.Yes, that's my situation too. I've explained to my vets that I have
> I guess my worry here on this forum is folk think money is more important to me than Philbert; not true but money really does have to be a consideration.
very limited funds and I need their help to use those funds most
That's a good way to put it. I'll remember to say something like that.Ruth