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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-08-2008, 08:26 PM Thread Starter
 
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Injured Kitten And Vet Problems?

Some of you guys probably know me from the post I did about how I was fostering kittens...

Well one of the kittens was attacked last week by a small dog that belongs to a friend of ours (bitten on the head). My cousin is a vet, and was in town from out of state. I called him to my house to take a look at the kitten (because it was the weekend, and the local vet was closed). There was some swelling and the kitten was acting sleepy. My cousin said the kitten's head was probably bruised, or that the dog could have shaken her a little, and she had the kitten version of "shaken baby syndrome". Both instances would cause swelling. He said to watch her carefully.

Well, soon after, she snapped out of it, and was pretty much totally normal (except for some impaired vision). She was running fast all over my house, and playing with the other kittens, eating, drinking, etc. There was just a tiny bot of swelling still left over, but she was otherwise all better (again, except for the vision).

So I found homes for all the kittens--- including her! A family (mother and daughter) who likes special needs kittens took her in. They didn't mind the vision issue, because they already have a cat with one eye, a cat that's def and partially blind, and another cat who only has 3 legs.

So when they came to get the kitten, they made a quick pit-stop at a local vet's office... Those vets told them that the kitten looked like she was fine. Then they took her in the back to take her temperature...

Then they came out and said she had a "fractured skull" And they could feel a big split in the back of her head.... Well, I never felt anything like that, and I've had her for a week! They didn't even do a scan! They said she was blind from the fluid, and the only way to save her life is to get a $3,000 surgery, by a specialist. The vets said they were not "specialists" so they couldn't do it. Then they gave the new kitten owners some "Metacam" in a liquid form to feed to the kitten-- its an anti-inflammatory and helps with pain--- and sent them on their way.

Well, later, I called the mother and daughter, to see how things were going. They said they researched the Metacam drugs, and found a site called http://www.metacamkills.com, with lots of stories about owners who's cats died because of it.

I don't know, I just can't help feeling like maybe this vet nearby didn't do a very good diagnosis... I mean she said she wasn't a specialist, and didn't do this kind of stuff... She made it sound like if the kitten didn't get the surgery TODAY, it was gonna die. But that just didn't seem to fit... The kitten has been getting better, not worse! The first day, she was groggy, but by the end of this week, she was behaving totally normal!

Anyway, with the experiences I've been having with this kitten, it just doesn't sound like it fits with what the vet said. And that medication, along with that website....

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-08-2008, 08:47 PM
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Re: Injured Kitten And Vet Problems?

I agree, it sounds odd, tell her to get a second opinion. My own vet never prescribes metacam.
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2nd opinion with an x-ray.



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Ok, they got a second opinion, a much older vet with far more experience.

He determined that the kitten was NOT in any pain, so the medication was not necessary. Moreover, he determined that her skull was not fractured by the dog... He is pretty sure that the kitten was born with a very rare condition, where her skull is not closing up. And the bite from the dog simply aggravated the condition, causing brain fluid leakage, and blindness. But in time, the condition could improve, and he estimates that she could very possibly live a mostly normal life.

So that's great news!

but man, those other vets scared the CRAP out of us! Telling us she was about to die any time, and could only be saved by a multi-thousand dollar surgery??

(shaking head, bewildered)
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That is good news.

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Sounds like good news! Vets frustrate me beyond belief! Since we moved to the home we're in now, I've been very lucky with my vet, but before it was next to impossible to find a vet I felt comfortable with. Glad you found this 2nd vet who seems to be more knowledgable.
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Wow, that's a sobering story. I'm so glad you got another opinion! Most of us would go with what the first vet said (especially if you have a history with him), but in this case it made such a difference to go elsewhere. Well, you did a really nice thing to help this kitty. It's so sad it got attacked by a dog.


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Wow!
Thats ashame.

Us rabbit owners go through a bunch of crap trying to find a good rabbit savvy vet becasue we need a specialist. Any vet says they do rabbits, but in reality never seem to know anything thats correct and kill a lot of rabbits with wrong medications wrong diagnosis etc. I went through 5 vets before I found a specialist I felt comfortable with.

I didn't think there was a problem with that with cats too!

My girl rabbit got metacam after her last surgery to help alleviate the pain, but even I knew it was bad for cats! And I'm far from knowledgable with cats!

Glad to hear the kitten is okay though
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Vets, doctors... it's all the same. It's SO important that you find a vet or doctor that you feel comfortable with and who really knows their stuff. It's so hard finding a good reptile vet around here (I have three Uromastyx lizards), and one reptile vet charged me a fortune for giving me a wrong diagnosis, which I found out about later. He's since retired, thank goodness.

Same with surgeons... I have major knee problems and have literally RUN out of three surgeon's offices who just couldn't answer all of my questions well before my last knee surgery... I finally found a great surgeon about two hours away, definitely worth the drive to get someone who actually knows what they're doing.

Vets and doctors are human and mistakes do happen, but it seems that some are so much better than others, and it's up to us cat owners to find the good ones

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