Re: [FH] New Member - Should we see a Cardiologist?
- Hi Jen,
We are new to the group as our Mellie was just diagnosed with a heart
murmur in May. We now see a cardiologist who put her on atenolol to
slow her heart rate. Mellie had several events on May 6(have had
various diagnoses including fainting, then seizures, and now the
current belief is that she had a series of small strokes). We had an
echo done by a local vet who gave us an incorrect diagnosis, so I am
very glad to read that you will be seeing a cardiologist. Sure wish
we had insurance on her....
Carol and Mellie
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, supafly77 <supafly77@...> wrote:
> Well it looks like everyone is saying I should take my kitty to the
cardiologist. I'm planning to call VPI to increase his coverage to
Superior, which it used to be at first. I hope they'll be ok with it.
> Has anyone been to the cardio vet in CT (Shoreline VCA)?
> I don't really understand much about the progression of murmurs in
cats and whether we can give him preventative medicine esp since he's
asymptomatic of any diseases.
> How common are these kinds of heart problems in cats? I know a lot
of cats have murmurs, I just wondering if heart problems are up there
with Kidney Failure as far as cat diseases go.
> Jen & Kinu
> > To: email@example.com From: supafly77@... Date: Thu,
30 Oct 2008 20:50:36 +0000 Subject: [FH] New Member - Should we see a
> > I was told that my 6 yo neutered male cat had a Stage 1 heart
murmur at his last vet appt (a few weeks ago). This was the first
time it was detected, however, since we moved around a lot when he
was younger, it was probably only his 2nd time seeing that vet, 3rd
time to that practice. The vet said we'd just monitor it. I'd made
the decision to vaccinate him against FIV/FELV because I come into
contact with rescued shelter cats, just to be on the safe side. Also,
in his middle age, I have started letting him go outside, but just in
our immediate yard for the most part. Since he got his first shot at
the appt a few weeks ago, we had to go back yesterday for a booster.
Yesterday we saw a different vet in the same practice and he said it
was Stage 1/2. Again, the vet didn't get too upset about it. However
after googling I'm getting worried and thinking maybe I should have
an ultrasound done. I did find a cardiologist here in CT at the
Shoreline VCA. How
> much do these cost so I can budget for it? I do have VPI pet
insurance, which should cover a portion. Am I overreacting? Thanks!
Jen (and Kinu the kitty)
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- Hi Jen and Kinu,
If you can afford it, I would do it. It never hurts to get a precise
diagnosis, and you may want to start him on prophylactic drugs such as
As for the cost -- it varies. It will probably include the vet visit -- I
would call them, and ask what the estimated cost will be. It will likely be
at least a couple hundred, but they should be able to give you an idea of
the exact cost.
Welcome to the group!
On Thu, Oct 30, 2008 at 2:50 PM, jen <supafly77@...> wrote:
> I was told that my 6 yo neutered male cat had a Stage 1 heart murmur
> at his last vet appt (a few weeks ago). This was the first time it was
> detected, however, since we moved around a lot when he was younger, it
> was probably only his 2nd time seeing that vet, 3rd time to that
> practice. The vet said we'd just monitor it.
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