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Re: [FH] Re: ultra sound for heart murmur?

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  • Carol Yonov
    Some years ago our Tootsie developed crf, an xray had been taken to check for intestinal blockage at that time. She had to have immediate surgery for the
    Message 1 of 6 , Dec 28, 2009
      Some years ago our Tootsie developed crf, an xray had been taken to check for intestinal blockage at that time. She had to have immediate surgery for the blockage and the vet noticed the kidneys were different sizes. We did a series of blood checks and the crf dx resulted. Since she's a persian and polycystic kidney disease is something persians can develop, we had a local vet do an US to check for pkd - she did not have pkd, no other comments were made. We then decided to take her to the Ohio State Univ. vet. school teaching hospital as I was determined to learn why she'd developed crf. We took the xrays with us. They looked at the xrays and immediately noticed she had multiple stones! several in her kidneys, a couple in one ureter, and 3 or 4 in her bladder! No wonder she had developed kidney problems!!! The specialists at OSU told us to trust a reading of xray, US, echo, whatever only if it is read by a board certified radiologist or a board certified specialist in a field (cardiology, internal medi, etc.). Our current vets do have US capability, but I told them up front what our experience has been with local vets reading such and, no offense to the group we are seeing, we prefer if they feel an US is needed then we will take our cats to a specialty clinic. They were not offended at all and said most owners do not want to bother making the trip, paying the money, etc. and they were very glad to see owners who were that devoted to their animals. We are all on the same page - whatever is best for our girls.

      carol and the girls

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Westgold
      To: cococy45 ; feline-heart
      Sent: Monday, December 28, 2009 6:11 PM
      Subject: Re: [FH] Re: ultra sound for heart murmur?


      YES, we cannot stress this enough. ONLY an echo and ekg done by a real cardiologist should be accepted as the final word on your kitty's heart. Even if a regular vet has taken a class in how to perform and read echos, it is not good enough. My vet told me that those courses are usually only an hour or two long, and not worth anything.
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: cococy45
      To: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Monday, December 28, 2009 6:04 PM
      Subject: [FH] Re: ultra sound for heart murmur?



      Hopefully your vet is a really good one who will be able to give an accurate diagnosis. We were told to take Mellie to a local vet for heart echo but the echo resulted in a misdiagnosis of advanced HCM, nothing could be done, we should put her down. Instead of putting her down we took her to a cardiologist 2+ hrs away and, for the same amount of money, he did an echo and found she did not have HCM at all but a couple other problems. 18 months later she is still with us and doing quite well. So, again, hopefully your vet is a really good one.

      carol and the girls

      --- In feline-heart@yahoogroups.com, "wonderkitty93" <wonderkitty93@...> wrote:
      >
      > Hello Everyone,
      > My Tommy has a new heart murmur at 16 and the vet wants to do an ultra sound this afternoon. I thought an echocardiogram would be what he'd need. But she said that an ultrasound would be able to determine if his heart muscle is thickening. Your thoughts would be much appreciated.
      >
      > Thank you,
      > Rebecca and Tommy =^..^=
      >





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