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Emma Leight Is Heading To The Vet...

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Yesterday when I got home, I picked up Emma in my usual fashion and went straight for her side mouth smooch (don't deny, we all do it), well she pulled from me and I brushed it off to the way I was holding her.

Later last night, I picked her up again and went for my favourite smoochie spot and she opened her month over my nose...strange!

So I'm in bed last night and she is laying on me purring, I rubbed her head and face and pulled my hand back with a bunch of drool and slime on my hand...

I freak out!!!! I get on FB and spoke with Jessica (Muddpuddles01) and Susi (Susi794) who talked me off the “I’m going to get dressed and take Emma to the ER because she is just as important as any human is to me†freak out session.
I fed her some baby food and she ate it ok and I don’t see swelling, but she is favouring the left side and still drooling and making funny faces (reminds me of Pippins faces).

I got her an appointment today at 10am with the vet to have them take a look so we can get her to feeling better soon!
Sorry for the rant, I was a mess last night and kept a flashlight next to my bed and checking on her to make sure she was ok,she must think I’m CRAZY!
 
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You are not crazy, I think most of us would feel like you did last night. Hope all goes well at the vet.
 

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Don't apologize Court. You're a good mom!

I'm so sorry sweet Emma is not alright!! Please let us know as soon as you can what the vet says. That is extremely scary and I don't blame you for wanting to take her immediately. Thinking of you and big kisses to Emma doll!xx
 

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Ohhhh nooo. I hate reading these and knowing there is another Lair member worried sick about their baby.I will be sure to keep positive thoughts going your way, and please update us. Perhaps she has an abscessed tooth? You know we will all be looking for updates.
 

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Awwwee hope all is ok let us know what the vet says
 

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I also freaked when Luci was drooling, I asked everyone on her they said that soon do drool. So I waited a couple of days and took her to the vet. He told me she is an emotional drooler, she would drool a lot. This was a couple of months ago, she doesn't do it as much now but it happens every once in a while. I would still go to the vet, it made me feel better
 

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I hope Emma is ok . Post an update!! Will keep all paws here crossed too.
Our Cornish drools when he is happy ..
 

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I hope Emma is alright! Sending positive thoughts and wishes!
 

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I agree with Patti, it could be an abscessed tooth. Hopefully it is nothing serious. I would have been freaking out too.

Lots of prayers and best wishes for Miss Emma. Please let us know how things go.
 

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Thanks everyone...we are heading out in a few minutes...I have to take my mom to the dentist and drop her off before taking Emma to the vet. I will keep you guys posted once I finsh.
 

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I hope it its nothing serious and I know how worried you must be. It does sounds like a bad tooth or an infected salivary gland. Looking forward to a good update! Feel better Emma Leigh!
 

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Good luck Court & Emma, hope its nothing terribly serious!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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I'm back home from the vet...they examined her tooth and gums and said they didn't see anything swollen but went ahead and gave her some Clavamox Drops 15ml. and Buprenorphone .3mg for pain.

The thing that caught me off guard was that the vet (my normal vet is out) said she heard a heart murmur and that we needed to get a EKG done on her. She said the technician who does them was on site today, so we could get it done, but I wanted to get some more info before jumping into it. They said the cost was 400 for the EKG and I would just leave her there. I asked if I could be present for the test and they said that it would cost 550 if I wanted to be there...that seemed extremely odd to me.

Anyone ever hear of the price jumping up 150 dollars if you are present for an EKG on your pet?

Anyone know of a discounted vet in the Houston area that does EKG testing?

I do like my regular vet a lot and she has never put me in the wrong direction at all and I feel very comfortable with her, but all of a sudden this new vet wants me to drop almost 600 dollars when I came in for a sore tooth :Cry:

I'm at a loss and any advice would be greatly appreciated....
 

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Wow. I hope she's ok! Maybe the murmur was just stress related because she felt bad. I've never heard of a price jump just because you want to be there. That sounds shady to me. I'd talk to your regular vet about that before doing it...
 

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Poor Emma, I hope her mouth gets to doing better real soon. As for the heart thing, when my vet heard a murmur, they did an echo on her and that only cost 250 for them to check it out to find out that its not HCM and its just a "normal" nothing scary thing. After you get your regular doctor back to listen to her, see if they can do an echo because it is way cheaper. Well it was for me.
 

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Perhaps make an appointment once your vet is back and discuss it with her seeing as you trust her
 

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I am sorry to hear this Court. I really hope it is just stress. Here is a list of BOARD CERTIFIED cardiologists in the Houston area. I strongly recommend going with someone board certified. 400 is what we pay for our scan and it is extra to have a consult with the doc. Otherwise he just sends results to our regular vet. Never heard of more just to be in the room. They don't let me for the echo part.

Dr. Kyle A. Brayley
Bay Area Veterinary Specialists
12855 Gulf Freeway
Houston, TX 77034
Tel: 281‑464‑3554, ext. 2
Website: www.bavstx.com

Dr. Jenifer Lunney Brayley
Bay Area Veterinary Specialists
12855 Gulf Freeway
Houston, TX 77034
Tel: 281‑464‑3554, ext. 2
E-mail: umsh@sbcglobal.net
Website: www.bavstx.com

Dr. Crystal D. Hariu-Damore
Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists
1111 West Loop South, Suite 160
Houston, TX 77027
Tel: 713-693-1111; 713-693-1155
Website: www.gcvs.com

Dr. Eryn Alexandra Shipley
Bay Area Veterinary Specialists
12855 Gulf Freeway
Houston, TX 77034
Tel: 281‑464‑3554, ext. 2
Website: www.bavstx.com
 

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I'm back home from the vet...they examined her tooth and gums and said they didn't see anything swollen but went ahead and gave her some Clavamox Drops 15ml. and Buprenorphone .3mg for pain.

The thing that caught me off guard was that the vet (my normal vet is out) said she heard a heart murmur and that we needed to get a EKG done on her. She said the technician who does them was on site today, so we could get it done, but I wanted to get some more info before jumping into it. They said the cost was 400 for the EKG and I would just leave her there. I asked if I could be present for the test and they said that it would cost 550 if I wanted to be there...that seemed extremely odd to me.

Anyone ever hear of the price jumping up 150 dollars if you are present for an EKG on your pet?

Anyone know of a discounted vet in the Houston area that does EKG testing?

I do like my regular vet a lot and she has never put me in the wrong direction at all and I feel very comfortable with her, but all of a sudden this new vet wants me to drop almost 600 dollars when I came in for a sore tooth :Cry:

I'm at a loss and any advice would be greatly appreciated....
I would leave a message for your regular vet to call you when they have a minute and get their opinion. I would feel uncomfortable if a vet I don’t normally see sprung something like that. It’s not an emergency situation and I wouldn’t like to feel pressured into paying that much either. The rates are the same at my vet. The difference in rate is to have a one on one consult with the cardiologist. I’m assuming your vet also uses a mobile cardiologist. They usually come to that vet’s office one day a week between certain hours so they come in, run the diagnostics with your regular vet, print out and discuss the results, then your vet goes over the results with you so the cardiologist can get to their next rounds. Sort of like if you went to the hospital and had different tests run you would’t necessarily talk to every specialist who ran a test. You would more than likely only see the doctor handling your chart.

Anyway, we usually get a bit of a discount for having multiple cats scanned at one time and I have a new boy that I need to get scanned. PM me if you want me to see if we can take them at the same time and get a discount.

Hairless Hearts had a signup sheet on Facebook for people who were interested in getting a clinic in their area. I’m not sure how long it takes to get one set up but I know there are a lot of people interested in Houston.
 

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How scary. I'm so sorry Court!! :Sad: The plus side is the vet didn't seem too worried about what was going on in her mouth right. I hope the medication fixes it. It's really bizarre that they'd ask you to pay $150 extra just to be with Emma. I hope you find a good cardiologist that will be fair and clarify everything fast for you. Thinking of you!
 

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I would leave a message for your regular vet to call you when they have a minute and get their opinion. I would feel uncomfortable if a vet I don’t normally see sprung something like that. It’s not an emergency situation and I wouldn’t like to feel pressured into paying that much either. The rates are the same at my vet. The difference in rate is to have a one on one consult with the cardiologist. I’m assuming your vet also uses a mobile cardiologist. They usually come to that vet’s office one day a week between certain hours so they come in, run the diagnostics with your regular vet, print out and discuss the results, then your vet goes over the results with you so the cardiologist can get to their next rounds. Sort of like if you went to the hospital and had different tests run you would’t necessarily talk to every specialist who ran a test. You would more than likely only see the doctor handling your chart.

Anyway, we usually get a bit of a discount for having multiple cats scanned at one time and I have a new boy that I need to get scanned. PM me if you want me to see if we can take them at the same time and get a discount.

Hairless Hearts had a signup sheet on Facebook for people who were interested in getting a clinic in their area. I’m not sure how long it takes to get one set up but I know there are a lot of people interested in Houston.
PM sent
 

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I have nothing to add really but the $150 jump sounds strange to me also.
I would def. contact regular vet & get clarification. Maybe check in with some other vets too.

Feel better Emma Leigh! Sending you snuggles Sarah, Starla, & Bentley
 

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I hope she heals up fast. They didn't think it was a tooth? I would feel more comfortable if when your regular vet gets back I'm they give you a call. The Ekg and heart scan at the veterinary college is only around 400 but i know things in other states are more expensive. Keep us updated and give her gentle kisses from me
 

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Poor little Emma. I hope it's nothing to worry about. I feel like $150 extra is ridiculous. You would think they would want you in there so Emma feels more comfortable.
 

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Thanks so much everyone!!! She has taken her meds and is resting. She is my rock and just thinking about her being sick gives me a lump in my throat! She is such a special angel and I will do everything I can to ensure she has everything she needs.

My regular vet is back Wednesday next week and in plan to give her a call and discuss Emma further before making my decision. I was planning on getting her scanned regardless as a per caution so getting a diagnosis will confirm that my insurance will pay for the procedure and any costs if additional meds or tests are required.
 
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