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SPECIALTY VETS: Cardiology/Internal Med

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  • turkishangoraathumanesociety
    I just wanted to post to those who may not already know (I am sure many of you already do, however), about the importance of Veterinary Cardiologists for cats
    Message 1 of 2 , Dec 30, 2003
      I just wanted to post to those who may not already know (I am sure
      many of you already do, however), about the importance of Veterinary
      Cardiologists for cats with HCM (or Veterinary Internal Med
      Specialists if you have no nearby Cardiologists). I have dealt with
      so many regular vets (and could probably write a book of horror
      stories...I have 8 cats)...ones that I really trusted and seemed to
      be well informed. There are a lot of great vets out there, but so
      many times it is a case of "Jack of all trades, master of none." I
      am convinced that Lillie would not be alive if it wasn't for the care
      of these specialists.
      ANYWAY, my reason for posting this, is I can't speak for every
      area, but I have found that the regular vets here charge about $10
      less for an office visit than the SPECIALISTS. I know a lot of
      people (myself included, previously) aren't aware that these
      specialists exist, and assume that their prices are astronomical, but
      this often is not the case. So please, where able, see a specialist
      if you aren't already. It makes a WORLD of difference...not just for
      HCM, but a number of conditions...
    • Susan
      ... In retrospect when I think of all the hard cases over the years (dogs and cats) and the time, money and multiple testing and guesswork involved in dealing
      Message 2 of 2 , Dec 31, 2003
        --- turkishangoraathumanesociety
        <turkishangoraathumanesociety@...> wrote:
        > ANYWAY, my reason for posting this, is I can't
        > speak for every
        > area, but I have found that the regular vets here
        > charge about $10
        > less for an office visit than the SPECIALISTS. I
        > know a lot of
        > people (myself included, previously) aren't aware
        > that these
        > specialists exist, and assume that their prices are
        > astronomical, but
        > this often is not the case. So please, where able,
        > see a specialist
        > if you aren't already. It makes a WORLD of
        > difference...not just for
        > HCM, but a number of conditions...


        In retrospect when I think of all the hard cases over
        the years (dogs and cats) and the time, money and
        multiple testing and guesswork involved in dealing
        with DVMs and ultimately ending up being referred to
        an ACVIM I have decided I am going to seek out the
        ACVIM vet earlier in the process.

        When I had a nagging feeling that something wasn't
        quite right with Rudy based on my paranoia from having
        just lost a young cat to HCM the previous year I
        scheduled an appt. with a DVM and told him why I
        thought something wasn't right based on resp. rate and
        subtle but what I felt were significant exercise
        tolerance differences between two same age cats. The
        DVM called Rudy a "nervous nelly" and completely blew
        me off. It was almost like he felt threatened by my
        even knowing the lingo.

        I found out I did not need a referral for the ACVIM
        practice. Not only did this vet take me seriously,
        once he heard the murmur he did the echo. The result
        is that I have an early diagnosis. I shudder to think
        what waiting even a year would have wrought had his
        hyperkinetic heart rate not been slowed with
        beta-blockade.

        Susan

        =====
        Rudy: Male DSH brown tabby, feral mom, diagnosed 09-2002 at 19 months of age with idiopathic HCM: grade 2 murmur, hyperkinetic heart, borderline normal thickening, considered asymptomatic, 12.5 mg Atenolol 1x day, 1/2 baby aspirin 2x week administered via pilling

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