Re: [FH] New member
- 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
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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.
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