20085Re: [FH] What caused you to bring your cat in?
- Jun 29, 2005I was amazingly lucky. I had taken Bud (about 10-11 years old at the time)
in for a dental. Our vet always does pre-surgery blood work and this time,
asked if I wanted a pre-surgery EKG. I almost said no, he was always our
healthiest cat but for some reason that I can't really articulate, I said
yes to the EKG.
The rest is history - she found an anomaly, we scheduled a ultrasound and
x-rays and found that he has HCM. Still asymptomatic and on heart meds
anyway, along with supplements, he's doing well. We haven't had an
ultrasound for about a year now but last vet visit, the vet didn't hear a
murmur. We'll get an ultrasound this fall to see where we are.
I just treasure every day and am very grateful for a husband who doesn't
complain about the money I spend on the cats (and, like every cat owner, we
have had some incredibly expensive vet bills).
I also now have an EKG done on the other 2 cats periodically.
Poor BUd, due to the HCM, he still hasn't had a dental. The vet feels it's
not critical enough to put him under for so we are monitoring the mouth. He
gets Hills t/d for his treats - normally, I wouldn't feed Hills to any
animal but their claims for t/d are very persuasive.
Gwen and the 3 cats in Phoenix
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