Is it worth having an ultrasound scan and blood tests for my cat?
My vet picked up a heart murmur, but otherwise my vet said "he's fine otherwise". I am insured, but I just don't know what to do. She didn't seem to think it was essential, but simply said, "If you'd like to book him in, we'll do the USS and bloods". I just don't know what to do.
He's 9 years old by the way.
Also when I took him to the PDSA (about another issue), two vets who examined him through the stethoscope, didn't say anything about a murmur.
- Kiss Me KateLv 71 month agoFavorite Answer
I would always get full bloodwork-but I would probably pass on the ultrasound--it is pricey and extremely stressful for the cat-and I swear some vets make that murmur thing up--I had a vet who swore my cat had a murmur and since he was losing weight she insinuated he was in heart failure--had the traumatizing scan done which showed absolutely NOTHING on the scan--no reason for any "murmur"--I don't go to that vet anymore. Turned out he had a rumbly tummy--
- OcimomLv 71 month ago
Mild heart murmurs are not something to be worried about - there are different degrees (higher the degree, worse the condition of the heart). If your cat needs surgery then it may be best to do a pre-surgery testing to make sure the cat can handle the kind of surgery.
- NamelessLv 71 month ago
I would have it done because better safe than sorry and your insurance will cover it right? So no reason not to have it done.
- Anonymous1 month ago
I think you're shopping for a vet that will treat a healthy kitty. Leave your kitty alone.
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- MaxiLv 71 month ago
So your vet suggests tests and you are insured, I suggest you do as the vet suggests or go get another opinion
- Kid MohawkLv 52 months ago
Let's be very, very blunt about this...
Listen to your vet, not Yahoo Answers.
- 2 months ago
Yes you should do it for the cat