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Nightstar
March 26th 04, 09:47 PM
Hi,

My 14-year-old cat (male, neutered), Pop, started urinating in various
places around my home. On towels, throw rugs, carpet, shoes... When
I saw blood in his urine I took him to the vet. He was treated with
Clavamox and seemed to be a little better. I asked the vet for
another course of Clavamox and after taking this for a few days Pop
urinated on the carpet Wednesday and there was a large amount of
blood. I took him back to the vet that morning and he suggested an
ultrasound of the bladder, and a needle aspiration of a "mass" he felt
near the bladder.

I left Pop and was home waiting for the results when the vet calls to
tell me he had to sedate Pop during the ultrasound and now wanted to
perform exploratory surgery because he couldn't tell anything from the
ultrasound. I agreed that he could go ahead with this because he
thought there may be stones that could be removed. It turns out there
was a "mass" that the vet felt he could not safely remove because it
involved too much of the bladder. So, they took a sample and sewed
him up.

Today the vet called and told me the results of the biopsy were
"inconclusive" and that if I wanted to take him to a SURGEON maybe
they could remove the mass. This seems crazy to me that the original
vet couldn't remove it but they are suggesting another surgery.

Well... to make an already long story shorter, my wallet is now $798
lighter, my cat still is urinating everywhere, only now recovering
from major surgery. And I don't know anything new except he has a
"mass" in his bladder.

I don't know what to do. I would appreciate any advice from other cat
owners who may have had a similar experience.

By the way, Pop came into my life less than a year ago, but we have
bonded completely. I just want him to be healthy and happy.

m. L. Briggs
March 26th 04, 11:34 PM
On 26 Mar 2004 12:47:16 -0800, (Nightstar)
wrote:

>Hi,
>
>My 14-year-old cat (male, neutered), Pop, started urinating in various
>places around my home. On towels, throw rugs, carpet, shoes... When
>I saw blood in his urine I took him to the vet. He was treated with
>Clavamox and seemed to be a little better. I asked the vet for
>another course of Clavamox and after taking this for a few days Pop
>urinated on the carpet Wednesday and there was a large amount of
>blood. I took him back to the vet that morning and he suggested an
>ultrasound of the bladder, and a needle aspiration of a "mass" he felt
>near the bladder.
>
>I left Pop and was home waiting for the results when the vet calls to
>tell me he had to sedate Pop during the ultrasound and now wanted to
>perform exploratory surgery because he couldn't tell anything from the
>ultrasound. I agreed that he could go ahead with this because he
>thought there may be stones that could be removed. It turns out there
>was a "mass" that the vet felt he could not safely remove because it
>involved too much of the bladder. So, they took a sample and sewed
>him up.
>
>Today the vet called and told me the results of the biopsy were
>"inconclusive" and that if I wanted to take him to a SURGEON maybe
>they could remove the mass. This seems crazy to me that the original
>vet couldn't remove it but they are suggesting another surgery.
>
>Well... to make an already long story shorter, my wallet is now $798
>lighter, my cat still is urinating everywhere, only now recovering
>from major surgery. And I don't know anything new except he has a
>"mass" in his bladder.
>
>I don't know what to do. I would appreciate any advice from other cat
>owners who may have had a similar experience.
>
>By the way, Pop came into my life less than a year ago, but we have
>bonded completely. I just want him to be healthy and happy.

Purrs for Pop. Whatever it is, we don't want him to suffer pain. It
sounds like your Vet bit off more than he could handle. Besy wishes.

m. L. Briggs
March 26th 04, 11:34 PM
On 26 Mar 2004 12:47:16 -0800, (Nightstar)
wrote:

>Hi,
>
>My 14-year-old cat (male, neutered), Pop, started urinating in various
>places around my home. On towels, throw rugs, carpet, shoes... When
>I saw blood in his urine I took him to the vet. He was treated with
>Clavamox and seemed to be a little better. I asked the vet for
>another course of Clavamox and after taking this for a few days Pop
>urinated on the carpet Wednesday and there was a large amount of
>blood. I took him back to the vet that morning and he suggested an
>ultrasound of the bladder, and a needle aspiration of a "mass" he felt
>near the bladder.
>
>I left Pop and was home waiting for the results when the vet calls to
>tell me he had to sedate Pop during the ultrasound and now wanted to
>perform exploratory surgery because he couldn't tell anything from the
>ultrasound. I agreed that he could go ahead with this because he
>thought there may be stones that could be removed. It turns out there
>was a "mass" that the vet felt he could not safely remove because it
>involved too much of the bladder. So, they took a sample and sewed
>him up.
>
>Today the vet called and told me the results of the biopsy were
>"inconclusive" and that if I wanted to take him to a SURGEON maybe
>they could remove the mass. This seems crazy to me that the original
>vet couldn't remove it but they are suggesting another surgery.
>
>Well... to make an already long story shorter, my wallet is now $798
>lighter, my cat still is urinating everywhere, only now recovering
>from major surgery. And I don't know anything new except he has a
>"mass" in his bladder.
>
>I don't know what to do. I would appreciate any advice from other cat
>owners who may have had a similar experience.
>
>By the way, Pop came into my life less than a year ago, but we have
>bonded completely. I just want him to be healthy and happy.

Purrs for Pop. Whatever it is, we don't want him to suffer pain. It
sounds like your Vet bit off more than he could handle. Besy wishes.

kaeli
March 26th 04, 11:37 PM
In article >,
enlightened us with...
>
> Today the vet called and told me the results of the biopsy were
> "inconclusive" and that if I wanted to take him to a SURGEON maybe
> they could remove the mass. This seems crazy to me that the original
> vet couldn't remove it but they are suggesting another surgery.
>
> Well... to make an already long story shorter, my wallet is now $798
> lighter, my cat still is urinating everywhere, only now recovering
> from major surgery. And I don't know anything new except he has a
> "mass" in his bladder.
>

If you can afford it, I'd certainly take him to a veterinary surgeon to
have the mass removed. Just like doctors, vets also have their
specialties. Your vet is most likely the equivalent to a human GP
(general practitioner). He knows his stuff, but doesn't specialize in
delicate surgery. If a human needed a similar surgery, they'd have to
consult a specialist, too. Their GP couldn't do it. Veterinary medicine
is getting as complicated as human medicine. There are specialists now,
as advances in the field allow for delicate procedures that just weren't
done 20 years ago.

The surgery is going to be very costly, but if you have pet insurance,
it may be covered. Some vets have payment programs as well.

Disclaimer: IANAV. This is just my opinion.

Hope your kitty gets better. Let us know how it goes.

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~kaeli~
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kaeli
March 26th 04, 11:37 PM
In article >,
enlightened us with...
>
> Today the vet called and told me the results of the biopsy were
> "inconclusive" and that if I wanted to take him to a SURGEON maybe
> they could remove the mass. This seems crazy to me that the original
> vet couldn't remove it but they are suggesting another surgery.
>
> Well... to make an already long story shorter, my wallet is now $798
> lighter, my cat still is urinating everywhere, only now recovering
> from major surgery. And I don't know anything new except he has a
> "mass" in his bladder.
>

If you can afford it, I'd certainly take him to a veterinary surgeon to
have the mass removed. Just like doctors, vets also have their
specialties. Your vet is most likely the equivalent to a human GP
(general practitioner). He knows his stuff, but doesn't specialize in
delicate surgery. If a human needed a similar surgery, they'd have to
consult a specialist, too. Their GP couldn't do it. Veterinary medicine
is getting as complicated as human medicine. There are specialists now,
as advances in the field allow for delicate procedures that just weren't
done 20 years ago.

The surgery is going to be very costly, but if you have pet insurance,
it may be covered. Some vets have payment programs as well.

Disclaimer: IANAV. This is just my opinion.

Hope your kitty gets better. Let us know how it goes.

--
--
~kaeli~
A man needs a mistress... just to break the monogamy.
http://www.ipwebdesign.net/wildAtHeart
http://www.ipwebdesign.net/kaelisSpace