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jmc
March 23rd 09, 04:58 PM
Well, this was my first experience with a veterinary specialist. Took
Meep to the cardiologist bright and early this morning.

Good news: She does NOT have cardiomyopathy, or hypertropia, or any of
those other big words! She was misdiagnosed at a previous ultrasound!

This was kind of a cool visit, because I was with Meep the whole time,
and he explained everything he saw in the ultrasound.

She has one small thing that's congenital, and one small thing brought
on by age.

The congenital thing is something I've never heard of before: moderator
bands. One of these runs along the inside wall of one of her atria,
this was seen by a previous vet as thickening of that wall. Another
runs across from one side to the other, small chance that this one might
cause problems later on, but not for a while.

The old age thing is a bit of mitral regurtitation - mitral valve
doesn't close quite properly, so there's a tiny bit of backflow. I knew
about this from the previous ultrasound, but it was kind of neat to see
it actually happening. The only other bad thing was he called her
"geriatric" :( Yes, I know, she's 13 but she doesn't *look* old...

Meep was quite the trooper. The vet's table has this hole, the cat is
not sedated, she's just stretched over the hole and the vet does the
ultrasound through there. One of the helpers (a veterinary resident)
commented that he wished all the cats would be as good about the
procedure as Meep :)

Anyway, big sigh of relief. I thought she had a cardiomyopathy that
might be getting worse, but nope, nothing of the sort. Doctor even said
her teeth don't look as bad as the previous vet mentioned - either the
antibiotics have helped greatly or her regular vet overstated the
condition of her teeth. We'll talk about this at Meep's next visit :)

The cost was quite high though - over $500! EEPS! For less than an
hour's visit. Fortunately, we shouldn't have to see him again for at
least 18 months. Worth it for the peace of mind, though.

phew!

jmc

jmc
March 23rd 09, 05:02 PM
(where did THAT come from? Ah well.)

Suddenly, without warning, jmc exclaimed (3/23/2009 11:58 AM):
> Well, this was my first experience with a veterinary specialist. Took
> Meep to the cardiologist bright and early this morning.
>
> Good news: She does NOT have cardiomyopathy, or hypertropia, or any of
> those other big words! She was misdiagnosed at a previous ultrasound!
>
> This was kind of a cool visit, because I was with Meep the whole time,
> and he explained everything he saw in the ultrasound.
>
> She has one small thing that's congenital, and one small thing brought
> on by age.
>
> The congenital thing is something I've never heard of before: moderator
> bands. One of these runs along the inside wall of one of her atria,
> this was seen by a previous vet as thickening of that wall. Another
> runs across from one side to the other, small chance that this one might
> cause problems later on, but not for a while.
>
> The old age thing is a bit of mitral regurtitation - mitral valve
> doesn't close quite properly, so there's a tiny bit of backflow. I knew
> about this from the previous ultrasound, but it was kind of neat to see
> it actually happening. The only other bad thing was he called her
> "geriatric" :( Yes, I know, she's 13 but she doesn't *look* old...
>
> Meep was quite the trooper. The vet's table has this hole, the cat is
> not sedated, she's just stretched over the hole and the vet does the
> ultrasound through there. One of the helpers (a veterinary resident)
> commented that he wished all the cats would be as good about the
> procedure as Meep :)
>
> Anyway, big sigh of relief. I thought she had a cardiomyopathy that
> might be getting worse, but nope, nothing of the sort. Doctor even said
> her teeth don't look as bad as the previous vet mentioned - either the
> antibiotics have helped greatly or her regular vet overstated the
> condition of her teeth. We'll talk about this at Meep's next visit :)
>
> The cost was quite high though - over $500! EEPS! For less than an
> hour's visit. Fortunately, we shouldn't have to see him again for at
> least 18 months. Worth it for the peace of mind, though.
>
> phew!
>
> jmc

LauraM[_2_]
March 23rd 09, 08:51 PM
On Mar 23, 9:02*am, jmc > wrote:
> (where did THAT come from? *Ah well.)
>
> Suddenly, without warning, jmc exclaimed (3/23/2009 11:58 AM):
>
>
>
> > Well, this was my first experience with a veterinary specialist. *Took
> > Meep to the cardiologist bright and early this morning.
>
> > Good news: *She does NOT have cardiomyopathy, or hypertropia, or any of
> > those other big words! *She was misdiagnosed at a previous ultrasound!
>
> > This was kind of a cool visit, because I was with Meep the whole time,
> > and he explained everything he saw in the ultrasound.
>
> > She has one small thing that's congenital, and one small thing brought
> > on by age.
>
> > The congenital thing is something I've never heard of before: *moderator
> > bands. *One of these runs along the inside wall of one of her atria,
> > this was seen by a previous vet as thickening of that wall. *Another
> > runs across from one side to the other, small chance that this one might
> > cause problems later on, but not for a while.
>
> > The old age thing is a bit of mitral regurtitation - mitral valve
> > doesn't close quite properly, so there's a tiny bit of backflow. *I knew
> > about this from the previous ultrasound, but it was kind of neat to see
> > it actually happening. *The only other bad thing was he called her
> > "geriatric" :( *Yes, I know, she's 13 but she doesn't *look* old...
>
> > Meep was quite the trooper. *The vet's table has this hole, the cat is
> > not sedated, she's just stretched over the hole and the vet does the
> > ultrasound through there. *One of the helpers (a veterinary resident)
> > commented that he wished all the cats would be as good about the
> > procedure as Meep :)
>
> > Anyway, big sigh of relief. *I thought she had a cardiomyopathy that
> > might be getting worse, but nope, nothing of the sort. *Doctor even said
> > her teeth don't look as bad as the previous vet mentioned - either the
> > antibiotics have helped greatly or her regular vet overstated the
> > condition of her teeth. *We'll talk about this at Meep's next visit :)
>
> > The cost was quite high though - over $500! *EEPS! *For less than an
> > hour's visit. *Fortunately, we shouldn't have to see him again for at
> > least 18 months. *Worth it for the peace of mind, though.
>
> > phew!
>
> > jmc- Hide quoted text -
>
> - Show quoted text -

I'm so glad Meep is okay! Now you can make that chiropractic
appointment for her overall well being. *snicker*

cybercat
March 24th 09, 01:06 AM
"jmc" > wrote in message
...
> Well, this was my first experience with a veterinary specialist. Took
> Meep to the cardiologist bright and early this morning.
>
> Good news: She does NOT have cardiomyopathy, or hypertropia, or any of
> those other big words! She was misdiagnosed at a previous ultrasound!
>
> This was kind of a cool visit, because I was with Meep the whole time, and
> he explained everything he saw in the ultrasound.
>
> She has one small thing that's congenital, and one small thing brought on
> by age.
>
> The congenital thing is something I've never heard of before: moderator
> bands. One of these runs along the inside wall of one of her atria, this
> was seen by a previous vet as thickening of that wall. Another runs
> across from one side to the other, small chance that this one might cause
> problems later on, but not for a while.
>
> The old age thing is a bit of mitral regurtitation - mitral valve doesn't
> close quite properly, so there's a tiny bit of backflow. I knew about
> this from the previous ultrasound, but it was kind of neat to see it
> actually happening. The only other bad thing was he called her
> "geriatric" :( Yes, I know, she's 13 but she doesn't *look* old...
>
> Meep was quite the trooper. The vet's table has this hole, the cat is not
> sedated, she's just stretched over the hole and the vet does the
> ultrasound through there. One of the helpers (a veterinary resident)
> commented that he wished all the cats would be as good about the procedure
> as Meep :)
>
> Anyway, big sigh of relief. I thought she had a cardiomyopathy that might
> be getting worse, but nope, nothing of the sort. Doctor even said her
> teeth don't look as bad as the previous vet mentioned - either the
> antibiotics have helped greatly or her regular vet overstated the
> condition of her teeth. We'll talk about this at Meep's next visit :)
>
> The cost was quite high though - over $500! EEPS! For less than an
> hour's visit. Fortunately, we shouldn't have to see him again for at
> least 18 months. Worth it for the peace of mind, though.
>
> phew!

YAY for meep! She is a lucky, much poked and prodded and loved cat.