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Re: Take Me Through an Echo, Please

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  • Tracey Tranen
    It isn t necessary to shave a cat for an ultrasound. The other option is to really soak the cat s belly and chest down with alcohol. It works just as well.
    Message 1 of 5 , Jan 1, 2004
      It isn't necessary to shave a cat for an ultrasound. The other option
      is to really soak the cat's belly and chest down with alcohol. It works
      just as well. My vet shaves on procedures only when *absolutely*
      necessary, since he is used to dealing with show cats and dogs.
      (Talking not only about ultrasounds here!).

      Minty (my cat with VSD ) is no show cat, but alcohol was still used for
      his ultrasound when the specialist came in. There's no advantage to
      shaving.

      When PKD clinics are organized in different areas, there are no Persians
      shaved down, only alcohol is used. There, the ultrasound is for kidneys
      and there is aLOT of fur... the results are sound.

      I would ask about using alcohol for Lillie's ultrasound.

      t2

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    • Susan
      ... It is just like what you see when babies are ultrasounded only you see the pumping and there is a band under the heart picture that has wavy lines that
      Message 2 of 5 , Jan 1, 2004
        --- turkishangoraathumanesociety
        <turkishangoraathumanesociety@...> wrote:
        > Okay...
        > Lillie has her 5 month echo with a Cardiologist in
        > a few days.
        > Since her original one was at a hospital after heart
        > failure...I have
        > no idea how it works. I know that it is some kind
        > of ultrasound of
        > the heart, but nothing else.
        > Do they take "snapshots" like xrays?

        It is just like what you see when babies are
        ultrasounded only you see the pumping and there is a
        band under the heart picture that has wavy lines that
        tell the vet how the heart is beating. Then they take
        snapshots that end up in the chart.

        Are the cats
        > (please say no)
        > anesthetcized?

        If at all possible they are not.

        Do they shave their fur? (This
        > really worries me,
        > because Lillie had a VERY traumatic experience at a
        > terrible vet's
        > office that shaved her, and she is supposed to be
        > under NO STRESS per
        > her I.M. specilaist).

        Most are shaved, Rudy does not get shaved just jelly
        on the instrument. The picture is supposed to be
        better without fur but I've seen the ultrasound and I
        can see it just fine, but Rudy is a DSH and even as
        DSHs go his fur is not thick.

        Also...have any of you been
        > there while they
        > do it?

        I am always there and help hold him. I am told to
        stroke his forehead because that is what mother cats
        do.

        How long does it take?

        About a half hour.

        How do they have them
        > lay while doing
        > it?

        Rudy is really small, the Dr. holds him up off the
        table and then kind of guides him over the ultrasound
        thing.

        Are they held down by anything (does the
        > procedure hurt/stress
        > them?) Thank you to anyone who can take me through
        > this.

        I have a feeling larger cats may need more restraint,
        Rudy is too small to be able to get away so he doesn't
        try.


        BTW Rudy now weighs 8.25 lbs. Must be middleage
        spread.

        Susan

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      • jen
        Hi, I was allowed to stay with Deagan when he was having his done. They did shave the hair off behind his front legs under his elbows, it took about 30 seconds
        Message 3 of 5 , Jan 1, 2004
          Hi,

          I was allowed to stay with Deagan when he was having his done.
          They did shave the hair off behind his front legs under his elbows,
          it took about 30 seconds for each side and he really hates the
          clippers too. He lay on a table with a cut out in the top and his
          chest was over the cut out. They used the wand (and gel) from the
          underside of the table and the whole procedure took about 1/2 hour.
          I held one end, his head and front legs for the first half and his
          back legs after we flipped him over. Deagan is *excellent* for the
          procedure, he doesn't move (much to my relief and stress level). It
          doesn't hurt at all, they just have to lie still on their side and
          have a thing rubbed against them while they get petted. Sedation is
          used only rarely from what I can gather.
          The echo is shown on the screen with the blood flow capnography
          at the bottom. They can measure wall thicknesses, outflow speeds and
          the amount of blood turbulence present, and examine the functionality
          of the valves. I completely agree with writing down all your
          questions before you go, I forgot to ask at least half of mine and
          came up with about 20 more after we left! Researching what all the
          terms and dimensions mean is really good as well - wall thicknesses,
          outflow tract speeds and resistances - something I wish I had done
          beforehand. Finally, request that a copy of the report be sent to
          you, and pull out the medical dictionary for interpretation!

          Good Luck!

          jen, deagan and kira the dog
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