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  • Carol Yonov
    Welcome to the group, I am new here also as our cat (Mellie, also 16) was just diagnosed in May. I feel I m on a bandwagon recently encouraging people to go
    Message 1 of 88 , Sep 2, 2008
      Welcome to the group, I am new here also as our cat (Mellie, also 16) was just diagnosed in May. I feel I'm on a bandwagon recently encouraging people to go to specialists when dealing with possible serious conditions. We appreciate our vets and all they do for our cats, but our vets are not specialists and I've learned they don't know everything.

      Our Mellie had 5 seizures in one day back in early May. A heart murmur was detected and an echo was done two days later. The vet who did the echo was not a specialist (not a board certified radiologist) but yet he diagnosed Mellie as having advanced HCM, so bad nothing could be done, and so her two regular vets both advised it was time to put her down. Rather than do that, I searched for a cardiologist and the one who could see her first is almost 3 hrs away, but we took her there the end of May. The cardiologist said she does not have HCM, but she does have cardiomyopathy without hypertrophy. She has a very rapid heartbeat which was causing the mitral valve flap to be pulled down/over and partially blocking the outflow of blood and thus her body was not getting the proper amount of blood. Geez! If we'd listened to her regular vets she would no longer be with us.

      So - if you are seeing a vet who is not board certified cardiologist and you don't like what you hear, please seek out a specialist.

      Also, the echo done locally cost $300. Since it was not done by a board certified cardiologist or radiologist, the cardiologist we saw did his own echo to the tune of another $300. We could have saved that amount of money had we just gone to the specialist first when we were first told there was a possible problem with her heart.

      Sorry I didn't answer your questions about what to do in the interim. Give him lots of love and stay calm as they pick up on our nerves.

      Carol and Mellie

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: womanfromuncle
      To: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Tuesday, September 02, 2008 1:32 PM
      Subject: [FH] New member


      Hi, I have a 16 year old cat, Blondie (or rather, he has me!). I love
      him dearly and he was just diagnosed with a heart arrythmia. He'll
      have an echocardiogram on 9/11/08. The vet thinks cardiomyopathy but
      until we get that ultrasound, he won't know what to prescribe for him.
      Is there anything I can do for him in the meantime? I mean, aside from
      keeping things calm and quiet around him. Any herbal remedy to try?

      The vet took blood for bloodwork, and we'll have that back late today
      or early tomorrow morning. Then we'll see if there's anything *else*
      going on too.

      This kitty has had asthma since he was 3, and chronic renal failure
      (stage one) since this past January. So things are getting complicated.

      If anyone knows anything I might do for my baby, please let me know.

      Thanks,

      Cathy





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    • Carol
      If you just hit reply it will go back to the original person who posted. If you want it to go to the whole group, hit reply all . Carol ... From:
      Message 88 of 88 , Feb 27, 2016
        If you just hit "reply" it will go back to the original person who posted.  If you want it to go to the whole group, hit "reply all".

        Carol




        -----Original Message-----
        From: lorrainelorini@... [feline-heart] <feline-heart-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
        To: feline-heart <feline-heart@yahoogroups.com>
        Sent: Sat, Feb 27, 2016 9:47 am
        Subject: [FH] New member

         
        I am haveing a hard time replieing to post I sent questions, No she did not have echo or any blood work Lorit
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