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  • Carol
    You asked about the stethoscope - I got our at a (nurses) uniform store, had no idea a uniform store carried that kind of supplies. The first one we got was
    Message 1 of 11 , Aug 1, 2012
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      You asked about the stethoscope - I got our at a (nurses) uniform store, had no idea a uniform store carried that kind of supplies. The first one we got was $6 and I couldn't hear her well, then I got a $15 model and it is fine. Mellie's vet is the one who told me where to get it.

      Regarding a radiologist - I've learned to ask if a specialist is board certified so you need to ask if the radiologist is a board certified radiologist. When we were making the initial appt with the cardiologist I asked if we could just bring the locally performed echo information for the cardiologist's review, we were told if the echo was done by either a board certified radiologist or a board certified cardiologist then that would be fine. I called the local office and asked if he was board certified - no but he'd taken many classes. That means nothing when it comes to such things.

      A few years earlier Mellie's sister had been diagnosed with chronic renal failure. Her regular vet had done an xray to diagnose complete intestinal blockage prior to doing emergency surgery on her. During the surgery he saw one kidney smaller than the other. In time her bloodwork showed her with crf. I wanted to know why she had developed this - oh how naieve I was back then! We took her to a local clinic for ultrasound to see if she had polycystic kidney disease as, being persian, her breed was prone to that. No, she didn't have pkd. Still on my search we took her to Ohio State Univ. veterinary medical school/hospital and took the initial xrays with us.. They took one look at the xrays and immediately pointed out about 8 or 9 stones in her kidneys, bladder, and one ureter! Strange as her regular vet had not seen the stones on the same xray and the other vet had not seen stones on the ultrasound he performed. I asked the OSU vets about that and was told general practice vets can read xrays,etc. to diagnose broken bones but when it comes to other problems to seek out a board certified vet. And to think, all our local vets graduated from that same OSU medical school.

      carol

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      > What about a radiologist that is not a cardiologist but exclusively does US? Would that be good enought?
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    • elise eisfelder
      Thank you, Carol for your reply. Max had an US done by a Board Certified Radiologist back in 2002 as he had a heart murmur. His heart was normal and the murmur
      Message 2 of 11 , Aug 1, 2012
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        Thank you, Carol for your reply. Max had an US done by a Board Certified Radiologist back in 2002 as he had a heart murmur. His heart was normal and the murmur insignificant. My vet is a Board Certified Internist and he doesn't think anything as changed since then. Max is now almost 15 and may have primary high blood pressure. I asked if it could be heart related and my vet said no. He doesn't feel it's CRF based upon slightly elevated BUN but no change in creatinine (1.4) and his free T4 was good so he isn't hyper-t. So he's on amlodipine and since it started his appetite has tanked. I lowered the dose from 1/4 and 1/5 and all was well until yesterday. Now I don't know if he's have a pancreatitis attack or what's going on. I was just wondering if it's necessary to do another US if the murmur hasn't changed according to my vet.

        Elise

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      • Carol
        Elise, you are so fortunate to have board certified vets in your area. We have to drive almost 3 hours to see one and our local vets mostly say to not waste
        Message 3 of 11 , Aug 2, 2012
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          Elise, you are so fortunate to have board certified vets in your area. We have to drive almost 3 hours to see one and our local vets mostly say to not waste the time and money. However, we've found too many local vets to be in error with their diagnoses - therefore, I always encourage people to go that extra step. Thank you for clarifying about your vets.
          There is a blood test for pancreatitis plus there is a group for such kitties. Perhaps it would be worth a visit to the group? Has the blood test been done? I believe if it fPLI or something like that.

          carol
          --- In feline-heart@yahoogroups.com, elise eisfelder <eeisfelder@...> wrote:
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          > Thank you, Carol for your reply. Max had an US done by a Board Certified Radiologist back in 2002 as he had a heart murmur. His heart was normal and the murmur insignificant. My vet is a Board Certified Internist and he doesn't think anything as changed since then. Max is now almost 15 and may have primary high blood pressure. I asked if it could be heart related and my vet said no. He doesn't feel it's CRF based upon slightly elevated BUN but no change in creatinine (1.4) and his free T4 was good so he isn't hyper-t. So he's on amlodipine and since it started his appetite has tanked. I lowered the dose from 1/4 and 1/5 and all was well until yesterday. Now I don't know if he's have a pancreatitis attack or what's going on. I was just wondering if it's necessary to do another US if the murmur hasn't changed according to my vet.
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          > Elise
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