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Re: [FH] Dilated cardiomyopathy- Kimberly's project

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  • pjmartin87654
    Hello Nala, There are no heart specialists in British Columbia. There are three internal medicine people in Vancouver. We took Otis s brother, Milo, there for
    Message 1 of 4 , Oct 2, 2006
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      Hello Nala,

      There are no heart specialists in British Columbia. There are three
      internal medicine people in Vancouver. We took Otis's brother, Milo,
      there for chemo. It was a long trip- car to the ferry, 1 3/4 hours
      on the boat, then a half hour drive to the animal hospital. We often
      waited hours for our scheduled visits which gave us real problems
      booking a return ferry. We may have to do that, but we don't really
      want to.

      There is a visiting internist who comes up from the States to
      Victoria every six weeks or so. Victoria is a 2 1/14 hour drive from
      Nanaimo. We can get ultrasounds done locally. The itinerant lady vet
      sends the results to Guelph for analysis. Apparently she's quite
      competent. Their machine may not be as good as the ones in
      Vancouver. I do know that it's portable. Our vet argued that it was
      not really necessary to do an ultrasound as the very enlarged heart
      was shaped like an extended oval rather than a heart shape.
      Apparently the enlarged heart is putting pressure on the lungs,
      which causes the occasional wheezing spells. She thinks that it is
      heart related.

      Thanks for the links. They were really useful. I have a day more to
      prepare for Otis's next vet visit and we have lots to discuss. Our
      own vet is off to Prague for the Small Animal Conference, so we get
      the owner of the hospital this time. It will be interesting to see
      what he has to say about the X-ray.

      One of the pages on the links said the prognosis was grim, so I'm so
      glad to have had some positive stories. The odd thing is that Otis
      looks really well. He is a bit chubby, but contented, full of purrs,
      and quite happy. Had it not been for the X-ray and the preiodic
      wheezing, we'd never have known how sick he is. He doesn't appear to
      be in any pain at all

      Jean and Otis,
      Lantzville (just north of Nanaimo) Bc

      --- In feline-heart@yahoogroups.com, nala nala <nala_zq@...> wrote:
      >
      > Dear Jean,
      >
      > Again, I am sorry to hear about Otis' predicament. My
      > cardiologist has advised against travel with my heart
      > kitty as she fears that the stress of the travel will
      > precipitate an acute episode of CHF.
      >
      > If I remember correctly, you must take a ferry to see
      > a heart specialist? Is your regular vet on the island
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