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Question for those who went to a specialist or cardiologist?

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  • pray4animals
    Hi, My regular vet has been treating my cardiomyopathy baby with Atenolol and baby aspirin. He has been wonderful with my bills and ultrasounds letting me owe
    Message 1 of 7 , Dec 5, 2011
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      Hi,

      My regular vet has been treating my cardiomyopathy baby with Atenolol and baby aspirin. He has been wonderful with my bills and ultrasounds letting me owe him because I am just coming off a long unemployment. I was wondering if the people who went to a specialist felt they were getting better answers? If I am reading things right my vet is doing all that can be done for my baby. I know every situation is different but I am curious how you were doing?

      Thank you in advance for your responses!!
    • Ana Gutierrez
      Hi, Of course, as you said, every situation is different. In my experience I was glad I went to see a cardiologist. My regular vet diagnosed Punky (at 4 months
      Message 2 of 7 , Dec 5, 2011
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        Hi,

        Of course, as you said, every situation is different. In my experience I
        was glad I went to see a cardiologist. My regular vet diagnosed Punky (at 4
        months old) with HCM... I insisted on taking him to a cardiologist, and the
        diagnose was worse (well, better diagnose, though)... He turned out to have
        three cardiopathies (HCM, pulmonar stenosis and septum valve...)... My
        regular vet was only able to identify one of the three...

        Best wishes for you and your kitty,
        Ana


        On Mon, Dec 5, 2011 at 12:23 PM, pray4animals <pray4animals@...>wrote:

        > **
        >
        >
        > Hi,
        >
        > My regular vet has been treating my cardiomyopathy baby with Atenolol and
        > baby aspirin. He has been wonderful with my bills and ultrasounds letting
        > me owe him because I am just coming off a long unemployment. I was
        > wondering if the people who went to a specialist felt they were getting
        > better answers? If I am reading things right my vet is doing all that can
        > be done for my baby. I know every situation is different but I am curious
        > how you were doing?
        >
        > Thank you in advance for your responses!!
        >
        >
        >


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      • Diana Anderson
        My dear angel Happy was 15 when we adopted him. He came to us a very ill boy. Our regular vet detected a murmur and suggested a cardiologist. There arent many
        Message 3 of 7 , Dec 6, 2011
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          My dear angel Happy was 15 when we adopted him.

          He came to us a very ill boy. Our regular vet detected a murmur and suggested a cardiologist.
          There arent many vet cardiologists in my area but we did find a good one who visits the local emergency center once a month.

          Happy had a total of 3 ultrasounds while he was alive and in that time he was on Atenolol and
          baby aspirin just as your kitty is now.
          In fact Happy's last ultrasound showed no deterioration, he was a surprisingly good condition for a 17 year old.

          He died a few months later, it wasnt his heart. he died of a twisted stomach


          http://angelkitties.com/mems/index.php?page=detail&get_id=22&category=8


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        • joanne marbut
          We now see the cardiologist every three months and only rarely see the vet (the annual shots of course.) We have a great cardiologist. If you can see the one
          Message 4 of 7 , Dec 7, 2011
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            We now see the cardiologist every three months and only rarely see the vet (the annual shots of course.) We have a great cardiologist. If you can see the one who comes monthly-but you probably only need to see him every 3-4 months-I would. If it's pricier than the regular vet, then do it once or twice a year, whatever you can. Not all vets really know about in depth about the various heart diseases, the meds associated with treatment, treatment plans and options. That's why consulting with a specialist is a good idea. It works for pets as it does for humans.


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          • Westgold
            When I bought Tigger back in 2004I took him to my vet for a check-up right away. He was almost 5 months old. My vet heard a 3-4 murmur and sent me off to a
            Message 5 of 7 , Dec 7, 2011
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              When I bought Tigger back in 2004I took him to my vet for a check-up right away. He was almost 5 months old. My vet heard a 3-4 murmur and sent me off to a cardiologist immediately. I use a big practice with 4 vets, and one of them had taken a "class" in taking and reading echocardiograms. But my vet said that that is not good enough. To get the whole real story, you must see a real cardiologist. A regular vet who has taken a class or two cannot possibly know enough to be able read and interpret all the little signs, etc. We saw the cardiologist within a couple weeks, and Tigger was diagnosed with HCM and started on atenolol immediately. He's now 7, and in fine health. He's had 2 echos, both of which were identical. But we know that things can turn on a dime, so we always have to be aware.

              take care -- Michelle & Tigger Too in Toronto
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              From: joanne marbut
              To: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com
              Sent: Wednesday, December 07, 2011 1:10 PM
              Subject: [FH] Re: Question for those who went to a specialist or cardiologist?



              We now see the cardiologist every three months and only rarely see the vet (the annual shots of course.) We have a great cardiologist. If you can see the one who comes monthly-but you probably only need to see him every 3-4 months-I would. If it's pricier than the regular vet, then do it once or twice a year, whatever you can. Not all vets really know about in depth about the various heart diseases, the meds associated with treatment, treatment plans and options. That's why consulting with a specialist is a good idea. It works for pets as it does for humans.

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            • ERIC LEE
              Did Tigger s ultrasound show thickening of the walls of his heart? I wish I could bring my little guy to a specialist. I owe my vet alot of money right now so
              Message 6 of 7 , Dec 7, 2011
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                Did Tigger's ultrasound show thickening of the walls of his heart?
                I wish I could bring my little guy to a specialist. I owe my vet alot of money right now so I have to pay him off first.
                My vet is monitoring his heart with ultrasounds right now
                 
                Thanks for your response


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                From: Westgold <westgold@...>
                To: joanne marbut <jomarbut@...>; feline-heart <feline-heart@yahoogroups.com>
                Sent: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 1:48 PM
                Subject: Re: [FH] Re: Question for those who went to a specialist or cardiologist?


                 
                When I bought Tigger back in 2004I took him to my vet for a check-up right away. He was almost 5 months old. My vet heard a 3-4 murmur and sent me off to a cardiologist immediately. I use a big practice with 4 vets, and one of them had taken a "class" in taking and reading echocardiograms. But my vet said that that is not good enough. To get the whole real story, you must see a real cardiologist. A regular vet who has taken a class or two cannot possibly know enough to be able read and interpret all the little signs, etc. We saw the cardiologist within a couple weeks, and Tigger was diagnosed with HCM and started on atenolol immediately. He's now 7, and in fine health. He's had 2 echos, both of which were identical. But we know that things can turn on a dime, so we always have to be aware.

                take care -- Michelle & Tigger Too in Toronto
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                From: joanne marbut
                To: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com
                Sent: Wednesday, December 07, 2011 1:10 PM
                Subject: [FH] Re: Question for those who went to a specialist or cardiologist?

                We now see the cardiologist every three months and only rarely see the vet (the annual shots of course.) We have a great cardiologist. If you can see the one who comes monthly-but you probably only need to see him every 3-4 months-I would. If it's pricier than the regular vet, then do it once or twice a year, whatever you can. Not all vets really know about in depth about the various heart diseases, the meds associated with treatment, treatment plans and options. That's why consulting with a specialist is a good idea. It works for pets as it does for humans.

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              • Westgold
                Tigger has mild HCM, mild thickening -- so that s why he s been stable all these years. But we know that things can turn on a dime, so I am always prepared.
                Message 7 of 7 , Dec 7, 2011
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                  Tigger has mild HCM, mild thickening -- so that's why he's been stable all these years. But we know that things can turn on a dime, so I am always prepared. What is your vet able to tell with just a regular ultrasound?
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                  From: ERIC LEE
                  To: Westgold ; joanne marbut ; feline-heart
                  Sent: Wednesday, December 07, 2011 2:45 PM
                  Subject: Re: [FH] Re: Question for those who went to a specialist or cardiologist?


                  Did Tigger's ultrasound show thickening of the walls of his heart?
                  I wish I could bring my little guy to a specialist. I owe my vet alot of money right now so I have to pay him off first.
                  My vet is monitoring his heart with ultrasounds right now

                  Thanks for your response


                  From: Westgold <westgold@...>
                  To: joanne marbut <jomarbut@...>; feline-heart <feline-heart@yahoogroups.com>
                  Sent: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 1:48 PM
                  Subject: Re: [FH] Re: Question for those who went to a specialist or cardiologist?



                  When I bought Tigger back in 2004I took him to my vet for a check-up right away. He was almost 5 months old. My vet heard a 3-4 murmur and sent me off to a cardiologist immediately. I use a big practice with 4 vets, and one of them had taken a "class" in taking and reading echocardiograms. But my vet said that that is not good enough. To get the whole real story, you must see a real cardiologist. A regular vet who has taken a class or two cannot possibly know enough to be able read and interpret all the little signs, etc. We saw the cardiologist within a couple weeks, and Tigger was diagnosed with HCM and started on atenolol immediately. He's now 7, and in fine health. He's had 2 echos, both of which were identical. But we know that things can turn on a dime, so we always have to be aware.

                  take care -- Michelle & Tigger Too in Toronto
                  ----- Original Message -----
                  From: joanne marbut
                  To: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com
                  Sent: Wednesday, December 07, 2011 1:10 PM
                  Subject: [FH] Re: Question for those who went to a specialist or cardiologist?

                  We now see the cardiologist every three months and only rarely see the vet (the annual shots of course.) We have a great cardiologist. If you can see the one who comes monthly-but you probably only need to see him every 3-4 months-I would. If it's pricier than the regular vet, then do it once or twice a year, whatever you can. Not all vets really know about in depth about the various heart diseases, the meds associated with treatment, treatment plans and options. That's why consulting with a specialist is a good idea. It works for pets as it does for humans.

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