Hi everyone, sorry but I just HAVE to vent somewhere, I am so angry and frustrated I don't know what to do . My kitten Jasper has been sneezing off and on ever since I got him, he also tends to pant when he has been playing for a little while and I have had him to the vet TWICE before about this, I was told he had a very slight calicie (sp) virus(but has been vaccanated agaist it!!) and that he would "throw it off and grow out of it". Well he is now 8 months old, still sneezing, still panting after playing sometimes and yesterday he sounded slightly wheezy. I was reading about panting cats on another cat forum I belong to and read an article about Bartonella virus (cat scratch fever) and its effects on cats/kittens....it seemed to fit Jaspers symptoms perfectly, especially the "dark red line along gums, panting after play sessions...etc. So I again take Jasper to the vet, explaining on the phone when making the appt. EXACTLY what I wanted him tested for when I brought him in, oh, no problem.... , till I get there, get the vet I DON'T like instead of the one I wanted, she examines him and says, yes, he is congested, yes he DOES have the dark red line along his gums...etc etc, but after taking blood, tells me, NO I AM NOT TESTING for bartonella, I am going to run a general viral panel which BTW will NOT show Bartonella if he has it, and if it comes back negative, then she wants to do MORE tests and X-rays before she will test him for that , she also tells me that she has to take a gum tissue sample, when the vets site I check said it is a blood serum test, but she is too ignorant to go to the site to check it out.......ARRRRGH, so my little jaspie was put through pokeing, prodding and being stuck, plus me having to remove the tape they put on his leg so now one of his back legs looks like it was attacked by a lawnmower and costing me $153.00 and it won't even show if he has what I brought him in to be tested for . And if the tests don't show anything, then she wants to do more PLUS an X-ray, BEFORE she will CONSIDER doing the test I wanted her to do this time..... , and I have already tried 4 vets in this city, and this was the best one , I don't know what to do now........ARRRGH!!!!!
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12/22/04 at 3:35pm