questions for vet...
elsa and i are going to the vet monday-and i am trying to get prepared on questions
the main one is finding out about how much they do/ what equipment they have etc for
cardiology. from what i know-the person who comes in to do the echo is a cardiologist-i
drop elsa off and my vet and the cardiologist do the echo-but i dont meet the specialist
myself (maybe that is not needed?)
as for cardiologists listed on the acvim-i live in new haven ct-the closest cardiologist is in
nyc-about and hour and a half from me: i did look up an internist-the closest is about
none of these-in an emergency -would make sense-but i do need to find out if my vet/the
er hospital has the means to do treatment other than meds-if needed--tho-i suppose
they would deal with that at that time--but-it is better to know ahead of time--
if needed-then i realize the first step would be to send elsas records-
i guess i just want to be sure to ask him as much as i can-and while i know he is the vet-
and will be thorough-i still feel the need to prepare questions...and need to know ALL i
can do for her
i will also be asking about cq10 and fish oil
she is getting a bloodtest to check taurine levels-but i am asking for a cbc too...
while i feel i am learning bit by bit-and have much more to learn about this-and how to
handle things-and do all i can---i still feel a bit frazzled as to pulling the information
together and what to ask her vet etc...
thanks for any help (it was from input by people in this group that i already am able to
know to ask some stuff (about equipment at the hospital and about supplements)-but-
just-worried it is not enough...
andrea and elsa
It's a good idea to be prepared for emergencies. You don't necessarily need
to take her to a cardiologist-staffed place for emergency treatment, that
option usually isn't available anyway. What you should look for, at a
minimum, is a place where:
-- There is 24 hour staffing, so she can be monitored
-- An oxygen cage
-- If no cardiologist, then an internist who has experience in treating cats
with heart problems
Your typical emergency, sadly, is going to be a fluid crisis or, God forbid,
a clot. A cardiologist won't really do much good in terms of offering
super-special emergency care, because all they'd be able to do to treat the
*crisis* is what any emergency-care vet would do -- IV lasix, oxygen, pain
management and so forth. Typically, and may it never come to this, you'd
need to take her for emergency treatment and later you'd get a cardiology
consult to try and see what precipitated the crisis.
My own cardiologist is about 2 hours away (and coincidentally, about an hour
and forty-five minutes away from you -- Tufts, in North Grafton, MA). My
general vet is five minutes away, and comes out for emergencies, and the
nearest 24-hour emergency hospital is about a half hour away.
You should have an updated copy of Elsa's records with you at all times, so
you don't have to worry about her records being lost en route from one place
to another. You don't need the x-rays or tapes from the echoes yourself,
just a report on what they said.
Don't forget, you are very new to this and it's normal to feel frazzled.
Some of us may seem all calm and knowlegeable right now, but we were all
frazzled messes in the early days. You're doing everything you can for her,
and it's a lot more than most people would do!
On 10/29/05, meyersandrea <meyersandrea@...> wrote:
> elsa and i are going to the vet monday-and i am trying to get prepared on
> the main one is finding out about how much they do/ what equipment they
> have etc for
> cardiology. from what i know-the person who comes in to do the echo is a
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