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47232Kitty newly diagnosed, need some recommendations

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  • skozik13
    Feb 19, 2013
      Hello everyone! I wish we were meeting under better circumstances.

      My 5 year old bengal was just diagnosed with mild hcm. We are in san francisco. Unfortunately our regular vet sold their practice last year so we are in between regular vets. The emergency hospital we went to initially just started up an internal speciality practice. It's been a bit of a whirlwind and we are just now trying to get our footing for how to best handle this. The internist we're seeing now seems ok. We didn't see the cardiologist directly though. I guess when they did the scans and stuff they were sent over to him for review.

      The internists are all new to the area, and of course all the yelp reviews are full of horror stories. I know that you have to take reviews with a grain of salt but it's difficult to ignore a lot of them.

      Now that I'm transitioning my thinking for a late night emergency to an ongoing care, I want to make sure we get setup with great vets!

      1) Anyone have a vet they love in San Francisco or general area?
      2) We are thinking of getting a second opinion from a cardiologist, mostly so we can speak directly with the specialist and also just to make sure we're on the right track. There are two that have come up in my research - Dr. Lori Siemens in Sacramento area. She's well known amongst breeders and has done many, many scans. Dr. Kristin MacDonald in Sonoma/Rohnert Park. She is well credentialed and has done a lot of research work regarding feline heart conditions.

      I've never really dealt with a serious health concern feline or human and this is pretty overwhelming not only emotionally but also financially.

      thanks in advance for any words of wisdom. I did do some searching through old posts but couldn't find any san francisco vet recommendations.
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