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Need advice re: good vet

hannahbellah
August 14th, 2008, 01:07 PM
Hi everyone,
I'm new here - this site seems to be a wealth of information!

I have a question - wondering if anyone can recommend a veterinarian for me, in the west island, who has experience with feline CRF, or who is someone who is nice and will actually work WITH me?
I'm having a hard time where I am going - feeling like they don't really care about what is happening, and aren't trying that hard to colloborate with me and come up with some solutions/good ideas.
Thanks in advance!

Frenchy
August 14th, 2008, 01:13 PM
CPietra and Rottielover are in West Island , I'm sure they can recommend a good vet for you. They usually post in the evenings.

hannahbellah
August 14th, 2008, 01:19 PM
Thanks Frenchy. :)

luckypenny
August 14th, 2008, 02:30 PM
http://www.infovet.ca/pierrefonds/showClinicInformation.do?discriminator=LOCATION_AN D_HOURS&itemId=2457

A fantastic vet clinic :thumbs up.

growler~GateKeeper
August 15th, 2008, 02:11 AM
Hi hannahbellah I can't help w/the Mtl vets cuz I'm in BC but I have a CRF cat as well, my girl Duffy her thread is here (http://www.pets.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=45017) lots of information & great sites posted.

Some good sites to get you started if you haven't seen them already are:

http://www.felinecrf.org/
http://www.felinecrf.com/index.htm
http://www.felineoutreach.org/links.html#Kidney

Please feel free to ask any questions & let me know how your cat is doing :goodvibes:

Rottielover
August 15th, 2008, 08:25 AM
I am biased, I have never found a better vet yet for my animals other than DR Masse at pierrefonds animal hospital. She is loving, caring, and will listen.
Main thing is she has a general love for animals and is honest.
If you see her tell her Karen and her gang say hi.
I spoke to her actually a couple days ago. :)

Hannahbelle
August 15th, 2008, 10:56 AM
Thanks so much for your advice. :)

I am presently going to Village Animal Hospital, and I don't believe that I am getting the type of service an caring that my cat and I *should* be getting.
I have heard before that Pierrefonds is a great one, and I should have gone there initially.
Thanks again.

Growler, thanks for the link to the other threads. How is your cat doing?

breeze
August 15th, 2008, 11:05 AM
Hannahbelle

I too go to Pierrefonds animal clinic and also see Dr Masse for all my dogs I had, I agree with Rottilover she is caring and listens.. I would not go anywhere else..:thumbs up:thumbs up

growler~GateKeeper
August 16th, 2008, 11:22 PM
Growler, thanks for the link to the other threads. How is your cat doing?

My grrl Duffy is doing good, she has another recheck next week :)

How is your cat doing?

Hannahbelle
August 17th, 2008, 11:31 AM
Glad to hear Duffy is doing well. :)


Miss Thing is still doing okay, but not great - I'm syringe feeding her, as she won't eat on her own due to nausea - she gags when she smells the food, but doesn't gag when I feed it to her...a strange little mystery.
She has gained some weight, and is now cleaning her face and paws after meals, something she wasn't doing before either.
The vets suspect that this may actually be pancreatitis, but said to not bother doing the blood test, as it is expensive, takes 3 weeks to come back, and the treatment is the same as what we are doing.

sugarcatmom
August 17th, 2008, 12:50 PM
Miss Thing is still doing okay, but not great - I'm syringe feeding her, as she won't eat on her own due to nausea - she gags when she smells the food, but doesn't gag when I feed it to her...

Have you tried anything like Pepcid AC, or raising her food dishes, to deal with the stomach acid? What is she eating? Maybe she would benefit from an appetite stimulant that also helps with nausea (like Mirtazapine) - ask your new vet when you find one. You might have already seen this, but there are some good tips here on Persuading Your Cat to Eat (http://www.felinecrf.org/persuading_cat_to_eat.htm).

She has gained some weight, and is now cleaning her face and paws after meals, something she wasn't doing before either.

Yay! Well those are certainly good signs. Keep it up, Miss Thing!

Longblades
August 17th, 2008, 02:48 PM
http://www.vetratingz.com/index2.jsp

Above site might help. You could post about your current Vet too.

growler~GateKeeper
August 17th, 2008, 04:24 PM
Glad to hear Duffy is doing well. :)


Miss Thing is still doing okay, but not great - I'm syringe feeding her, as she won't eat on her own due to nausea - she gags when she smells the food, but doesn't gag when I feed it to her...a strange little mystery.
She has gained some weight, and is now cleaning her face and paws after meals, something she wasn't doing before either.

Thanks :)

I would definately start with raising the food & water dishes about 3-4 inches off the ground. She will need something for the nausea for sure - here are some common treatments: http://www.felinecrf.org/treatments.htm#controlling_stomach_acid

High Phosphorus levels can also lead to nausea. Do you know what her phos # is? Is she currently on any meds?

High BUN values can also lead to nausea.

Do you have a copy of her recent blood test results? BUN/urea, Creatinine, Calcuim, Phosphorus, Potassium, Albumin values are what I am most interested in seeing. From the Urinalysis the USG or Urine Specific Gravity is also important

Is Miss Thing drinking water on her own? :fingerscr

What are you feeding her? Would she eat homecooked or raw?

I'm glad she is showing some improvement :goodvibes: for continued improvement.