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Re: Vet trip for Sky :(
« Reply #59 on: July 12, 2016, 17:26:43 PM »
It may well be, subject to what Fitzpatricks suggest, the local referral centre could be the place where treatment could be undertaken.  You did well to stick to your guns.   :hug:

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Re: Vet trip for Sky :(
« Reply #58 on: July 12, 2016, 17:04:34 PM »
Spoken to the vet now - he had nothing to do with it all so was a bit bamboozled!  But, they are now sending the xrays to Fitzpatricks - hopefully! I did make it clear I hadn't any objection particularly to going the more local referal unit - to be honest a 4 1/2 hour journey doesn't appeal to me especially when it wouldn't just be once - but the whole point of this was to get the second opinion without putting her through travel and xrays if the end result would be the same.

I'm keeping hold of the appointment for next Thursday (if I can get time off work) - will see what happens once xrays have been looked at.

Never had so much fussing before at a vet!

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Re: Vet trip for Sky :(
« Reply #57 on: July 12, 2016, 16:28:51 PM »
I agree, would be different if you asked for a referral

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Re: Vet trip for Sky :(
« Reply #56 on: July 12, 2016, 16:24:11 PM »
How bl**dy annoying, I think I would put it in writing to them saying that you explicitly requested Fitzpatricks and please to forward the x-rays to the place requested. It is up to you who you want the referral to go. You don't have to be rude, just firm.
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Re: Vet trip for Sky :(
« Reply #55 on: July 12, 2016, 14:58:44 PM »
Crikey, this is worse than dealing with the NHS for my own back problems!!

My vets completely disregarded my request to send the Xrays to Fitzpatricks and have referred to somewhere closer to home for a second opinion!

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Don't get me wrong, it's obviously a lot closer to home and therefore easier to get to and I have looked at their website and the vet I would be seeing does have interest in spinal surgery. However, the point of sending them to Fitzpatricks was so they could look at them and see if they believe the same as my vet - that there is nothing to be done - and that I truly believe Fitzpatricks to be one of the top hospitals (rightly or wrongly). I really don't want to have to put Sky through the stress of travel and more tests if the ultimate answer is going to be the same.

I've left it with the vets to get back to me.  No idea what to do next.

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Re: Vet trip for Sky :(
« Reply #54 on: July 09, 2016, 17:49:31 PM »
Absolutely  ;D
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Re: Vet trip for Sky :(
« Reply #53 on: July 09, 2016, 17:45:57 PM »
I think that's (one of)  the signs of a good vet. They are clearly more interested in the well being of Sky than in any misplaced professional pride  ;D

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Re: Vet trip for Sky :(
« Reply #52 on: July 09, 2016, 13:06:22 PM »
Am so pleased about your vet's reaction.  Really good result. 

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Re: Vet trip for Sky :(
« Reply #51 on: July 09, 2016, 12:42:49 PM »
That is excellent news, I really hope that there is a treatment for her. :hug: :hug: :hug:
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Re: Vet trip for Sky :(
« Reply #50 on: July 09, 2016, 11:24:32 AM »
Been to my vets this morning and they were lovely.  They said they do referrals for second opinions all the time and they would do the same in my position.

I still feel guilty but Sky can't do it for herself so I have to.

They will send them on Monday so hopefully will know something next week.

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Re: Vet trip for Sky :(
« Reply #49 on: July 08, 2016, 20:54:53 PM »
Any decent vet, which I am sure that Sky's is, would be only too happy to help an animal in their care, whoever provides it.
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Re: Vet trip for Sky :(
« Reply #48 on: July 08, 2016, 20:38:21 PM »
I am sure your vet won't be offended, they are not specialists like Noel is and have obviously done as much as they can. It is definitely worth them looking at Sky's x-rays for their opinion, as being specialists they may be able to offer something for her? and if they can't well at least you have tried :Luv: :Luv

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Re: Vet trip for Sky :(
« Reply #47 on: July 08, 2016, 16:57:39 PM »
It was very kind of them to make that offer and more than I ever expected.

Now have to ask my vet without offending them!

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Re: Vet trip for Sky :(
« Reply #46 on: July 08, 2016, 16:24:51 PM »
That is good news. ;D
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Re: Vet trip for Sky :(
« Reply #45 on: July 08, 2016, 14:39:46 PM »
me too, great that they will do that

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Re: Vet trip for Sky :(
« Reply #44 on: July 08, 2016, 14:36:55 PM »
That's encouraging news.  I think I'd be inclined to opt for the free consultation of the X-rays. 

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Re: Vet trip for Sky :(
« Reply #43 on: July 08, 2016, 14:25:59 PM »
Have emailed a few now and waiting for referals. Fitzpatricks have said they would see her to look at - but they are about 4.30 hours away so it is a real long journey for if there is nothing that would change. They have also said they would look at the xrays and give advice free of charge which would be a better option - if they agree with the view of my vet that there is nothing that they can do then that would have to be it.

Fortunately Sky is not a bad traveller - other than she cries - so a long journey won't bother her too much.

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Re: Vet trip for Sky :(
« Reply #42 on: July 07, 2016, 17:49:20 PM »
Is it work an exploratory email to Noel Fitzpatrick just to ask what they think at the hospital re the prognosis for Sky do you think? It wouldn't be committing you to anything and you never know. Just a thought

Am glad she is purry against :Luv:

I did think about doing this for a few specialists - all the sites say they don't give advice but it isn't advice as such - it's more if there is any treatment available as I know what the problem is.   

I don't think it would hurt - I think I owe it to her to try and see. 

To cap it all Robbie jumped on the bed and stood on her worse leg. She is okay but hissed and spat - he flew and now is limping and holding his paw up.  Hoping he has just tweaked something.  Can't cope with 2 sorry for themselves cats!

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Re: Vet trip for Sky :(
« Reply #41 on: July 07, 2016, 16:19:22 PM »
Is it worth an exploratory email to Noel Fitzpatrick just to ask what they think at the hospital re the prognosis for Sky do you think? It wouldn't be committing you to anything and you never know. Just a thought

Am glad she is purry again :Luv:
« Last Edit: July 07, 2016, 18:40:29 PM by Judecat (Paula), Reason: worth not work »
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Re: Vet trip for Sky :(
« Reply #40 on: July 07, 2016, 15:58:16 PM »
Having had a couple of days for it to sink in, I'm wondering now whether the vet is right in that there is nothing that can be done.

Trying to research but struggling to find much information - I think if there is anything that can be done it would require specialists and travel, and then ethically is it kind to put her through the risk of surgery.

As for Sky, she is still quite nervy and worried. Her eyes are back to normal (it's a side effect of anaesthetic sometimes that they can be dilated and when that works through the system they go back to normal).  She is a bit wobbly when she is walking and quite weak in the back end.  She does like the vets recommnedation of not to do much running around :) I'm still hoping some of it will be anaesthetic - she is purry and loves her fusses. 

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Re: Vet trip for Sky :(
« Reply #39 on: July 06, 2016, 13:44:45 PM »
I am so sorry but at least you know what the problem is and that you are not going crazy!

Have you asked why one pupil is bigger? have they dilated her eye maybe?

I am sure Misa would love a stairlift too  :evillaugh:

Misa has lost weight which will take some of the weight off his tail end but he still cant jump or go up stairs unless he takes his metacam.

I hope Sky has many happy years ahead with you, she will change her lifestyle to suit her situation, I think its probably easier for cats to do than their humans  :hug: :hug: :hug:


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Re: Vet trip for Sky :(
« Reply #38 on: July 06, 2016, 08:45:04 AM »
what a shame but at least you know what you are up against  :hug:

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Re: Vet trip for Sky :(
« Reply #37 on: July 06, 2016, 05:53:51 AM »
Sending gentle but very spehsul snoozles for Skye from us all at Chez Moray.    :hug:

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Re: Vet trip for Sky :(
« Reply #36 on: July 06, 2016, 03:55:22 AM »
Oh Honey :care: :care: :care:, I hope that she is better today. Take care :hug:

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Re: Vet trip for Sky :(
« Reply #35 on: July 05, 2016, 23:19:04 PM »
I will do some research to see if there is anything that can be done to try and slow the progress or treatment but most searching so far have brought up similar problems in humans.

Still waiting for one of her pupils to go back to normal - and she is so sad looking tonight!

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Re: Vet trip for Sky :(
« Reply #34 on: July 05, 2016, 22:12:25 PM »
Well it could be worse and at least is manageable, long may it continue to be. :hug: :hug: :hug:, as you say she is fairly sedentary so hopefully you will have her for a long time yet. :Luv:
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Re: Vet trip for Sky :(
« Reply #33 on: July 05, 2016, 22:02:12 PM »
I'm fairly certain she would *love* a stairlift.....however, we will resist!  :evillaugh:

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Re: Vet trip for Sky :(
« Reply #32 on: July 05, 2016, 21:33:50 PM »
At least you know what the problem is now, and even if she needs medication in the future, it sounds like she will manage okay until needed. It might be worth giving her some Stride or glucosamine to help keep her joints lubricated? :)

or you could invest in one of these? ;D

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Re: Vet trip for Sky :(
« Reply #31 on: July 05, 2016, 19:13:01 PM »
We're home - she's unsteady on her paws, was sat in wee when I collected her and has one eye pupil that is far bigger than the other......so I'm not overly impressed at the moment!

Vet was lovely and was very good at going through the Xray but was also very apologetic as there is nothing they can do for her.  She basically has lesions along her spine - in the lower lumber spine it has bridged a couple of the vertebrae.  She is having problems because of how the nerve travels down the spinal canal and at some points the lesions will impinge on the nerve and cause discomfort - which explains why sometimes she can bound upstairs for a few steps and others she can't (I think it depends on her positioning!).

She could have medication but at the moment it doesn't seem appropriate - further down the line it may be more of an option but at the moment as her only issues are getting upstairs and occasional jumping I'm not going to start her on that.  She is in more discomfort than pain he thinks.

I'm glad that instinct proved right. This is basically going to be her new normal.  She does still have to lose weight as that will help her but on the flip side of that she is now having to have her activity limited a little - she has to be encourage NOT to go upstairs or to jump anywhere.   Fortunately she isn't a very active cat anyway but will have to really watch what she does and try to make being low down more attractive than high up!

Ultimately she is likely to get worse but he doesn't know how quickly.  It's just a case of monitoring her.  Fortunately she's an indoor cat mainly and is very easy to keep an eye on :)
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Re: Vet trip for Sky :(
« Reply #30 on: July 05, 2016, 15:25:19 PM »
Glad that your girl is through the anaesthetic and recovering well  ;D

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Re: Vet trip for Sky :(
« Reply #29 on: July 05, 2016, 13:33:29 PM »
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Re: Vet trip for Sky :(
« Reply #28 on: July 05, 2016, 13:30:25 PM »
She's out of xray and recovering  well :Luv:

Picking her up at 6ish tonight when the vet wants to see us to go through the xray results.  didn't ask for any idea on what is wrong - any bad news can be put off until later.  Just glad she is fine from the anaesthetic.

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Re: Vet trip for Sky :(
« Reply #27 on: July 05, 2016, 10:42:23 AM »
Nervously waiting now.  She was very subdued this morning and didn't want breakfast.

Fortunately I'm home working today so can worry in peace!

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Re: Vet trip for Sky :(
« Reply #26 on: July 05, 2016, 05:44:32 AM »
Karen, instinct seldom proves you wrong.  Trust it.   :hug:

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Re: Vet trip for Sky :(
« Reply #25 on: July 05, 2016, 00:18:40 AM »
Hope they find the problem tomorrow..............its a relief when you know  :hug: :hug: :hug:

Misa can get upstairs if he eats his metacam even a few times a week and its a very low dose but he just wont have it right now.

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Re: Vet trip for Sky :(
« Reply #24 on: July 04, 2016, 23:52:15 PM »
Good luck for tomorrow Karen. Hopefully if it is a touch of arthritis, a low dose of Metacam will help her. I am with you on the starvation - always the hardest part as they don't understand why we are being mean.
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Re: Vet trip for Sky :(
« Reply #23 on: July 04, 2016, 21:35:21 PM »
my old cat (21) Tabby has had arthritis in her back knee for about 8 years, she walks very stiffly on it and goes up a few stairs at a time and then has a rest. Hope they find out what the problem is for Sky tomorrow and treatable

I don't mind if going up the stairs like that will be her new normal as long as I can be sure she isn't in pain. 

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Re: Vet trip for Sky :(
« Reply #22 on: July 04, 2016, 21:16:24 PM »
my old cat (21) Tabby has had arthritis in her back knee for about 8 years, she walks very stiffly on it and goes up a few stairs at a time and then has a rest. Hope they find out what the problem is for Sky tomorrow and treatable :)

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Re: Vet trip for Sky :(
« Reply #21 on: July 04, 2016, 20:23:37 PM »
Thanks for all the support, means a lot.  :hug: :hug:

Hopefully will know more tomorrow - I'm either neurotic and she is fine or instinct and knowledge of your cat's behaviour should be listened to.  I'm trying not to jump ahead of myself with problems - biggest problem I forsee at the moment is no food after supper tonight!  :Crazy: :Crazy: :Crazy:

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Re: Vet trip for Sky :(
« Reply #20 on: July 04, 2016, 20:01:57 PM »
Everything crossed that the x-rays show up the problem and it can then be corrected. Go Sky :hug: :hug: :hug:
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