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  • gormankatrina
    Hello all I have been away for awhile after my bubba passed. Now as of yesterday my little tinkerbell has a slight heart murmur. Her liver values are up and
    Message 1 of 2 , Jul 1, 2005
      Hello all I have been away for awhile after my bubba passed.
      Now as of yesterday my little tinkerbell has a slight heart murmur.
      Her liver values are up and she was a very sick little baby
      when I got her and had to bottlefeed her and have all her teeth out
      and it's a miracle that she is still here.
      Please if anyone can point me in the right direction this
      is alot to learn and I have no idea where to begin.
      My vets will work with her and "our team" will do everything we can to
      keep her alive for as long as possible.
      The vet said that there are 2 options 1 is to have a ekg??
      And then we can go to thompson ga to a specialist??
      The 1st option would cost about $150-200 while the 2nd would be about
      $300-400.
      What would be my best plan of action?
      She does not ride well and she gets stressed out very easily and
      she is still rather tiny and boney.
      Thank you I hope someone can help me clear my head so that we can come
      up with a plan of action.
      Our team is myself and the whole vet staff.
    • Susan
      ... The EKG was done exclusively before the ultrasound became common in veterinary practice. Currently an ultrasound only without an EKG is probably the most
      Message 2 of 2 , Jul 2, 2005
        --- gormankatrina <gormankatrina@...> wrote:

        > The vet said that there are 2 options 1 is to have
        > a ekg??
        > And then we can go to thompson ga to a specialist??
        > The 1st option would cost about $150-200 while the
        > 2nd would be about
        > $300-400.
        > What would be my best plan of action?


        The EKG was done exclusively before the ultrasound
        became common in veterinary practice. Currently an
        ultrasound only without an EKG is probably the most
        common procedure for diagnosing a murmur. There are
        different types of ultrasound, 2D and Color Flow
        Doppler. Doppler shows blood flow, 2D shows chamber
        dimensions and mitral valve. If money is an issue I
        would ask for 2D and forego the EKG and xray. Since
        stress is an issue you can visit http://acvim.org and
        search for either a cardiologist or a small animal
        internal medicine vet. There are more internists than
        there are cardiologists so you may find an internist
        who is closer than the closest cardiologist. An
        internist is qualified to diagnose and treat HCM.

        Susan



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