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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 05-19-2006, 01:42 PM Thread Starter
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ear infection-second opinion

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I had posted last month about my kitty Ginger. She is 7 month old maine coon, after a week home with us she developed an ear infection. At least that what our vet has tried as well as treating her for a fungus.

I got a second opinion today and the vet found a mass inside the ear. I am still in sock as she needs surgery to remove it. The costs for surgery are HI.

Does any one else have experience with this?
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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old 05-19-2006, 02:09 PM
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I don't have any experience, but I'm very sorry for what you're going through. Please keep us posted.
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In my case it was with my dog, but the vet did initially do a needle aspiration to determine if it was something that was benign or something that definitely needed to be surgically treated. In our case it was just a fatty tumor and didnt absolutely need removed. He was 13 years old also. Does he have any idea as to what it may be such as a sebaceous cyst or something that may be draining or does he feel it's something that would endanger your kitties life in due time if not removed? Is it something that can be drained? Or a solid tumor of some sort? I would definitely be asking if there are any other alternatives if you absolutely are unable to afford the surgery. That is a very difficult decision to make.
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post #4 of 25 (permalink) Old 05-21-2006, 12:34 PM
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Sorry to hear the news about your baby. I go with what everyone else has said about finding out exactly what it is and even see a second vet for another opinion. If the surgery is required and you are needing help with the costs.. Try http://www.imom.org/ You have to meet their standards of what they require but they do a lot of good work there..


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the vet i go to works out payment plans with you if you cannot pay in full. i think most do, perhaps just ask your vet.
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post #6 of 25 (permalink) Old 05-21-2006, 08:32 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for your kind words.

I have an appointment with the specialist next friday. I intend to ask a lot of questions. The surgery seems very extreme.

I called the breeder and she seems to think so too.

Gingers ear is draining, it has a gue that forms a wet sometimes dry crust. I spoke to the referring vet today and he said the mass is blocking her tubes. He could not tell how far it went down, so he wants us to see this specialist.

She seems fine otherwise, she does not have the head tilt that I have read about or any other symptoms. She is eating fine, she is 7 months and 7.5 pounds, healthy, happy and very playfull.

I think I will listen to the specialist and think about all the options. If it is something they can go into the ear cannel to fix I would be ok. But to have to cut and go in, up and under seems drastic.

I just want what right for her, I'm scared for her.
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Oh no! I'm so sorry to hear about your kitty. I don't have any experience with this myself, either. I'm glad you are going to a specialist and I hope you can get some definite answers. Please keep us posted and I hope your kitty is feeling better soon.

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I'm sorry to hear about your kitty! I hope everything goes smoothly
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post #9 of 25 (permalink) Old 05-30-2006, 04:54 PM Thread Starter
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update on Ginger

We took Ginger to the specialist today, surgery is tomorrow. I am so worried about her.

We decided after speaking to the vet to have the not so invasive surgery to "pluck" the polyp. The vet has done this 50 times in the last 15 years. She has not had a cat return with reoccuring polyps.

Everything I read on the net tells me it will likely re-occure with this method. However the alternative is to cut below the jaw and probe into the middle ear to remove the polyp.

The estimate for costs are between 744.00 and 120.00 for this. The more complicated surgery was about 150.00. I pray you all never have such an experience.

I have been intouch with the breeder since I got Ginger - she knows the issues we have had. Ginger cost 600.00 and the bills since have been 600.00 treating everything from ear infection to fungus. it seems the polyp is the problem and it caused the infection.

I wish she would refund my money to help cover cost of surger. But I know she will not, so i don't ask.

I just pray that after surgery this does not re-occure.

Pray for Ginger that she recovers without the nasty side effects and that the polyp DOES NOT REOCCURE.
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The estimate is between 744.00 and 1200.00. the more invasive surgery is about 1500.00
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I was hoping that you would get better news but at least they are going to attempt to do it in a much less invasive way that hopefully will make it not as difficult of recovery for your little one. That is very expensive. How soon after you purchased your kitty did all this begin? Did the breeder provide any type of gaurantee regarding health or genetic problems or certificate of health at purchase? Sorry dont mean to sound like it's a warranty on a stereo or something but it would seem for that amount there would be something the breeder could help with. Has any of the other kitties in the litter or Mom had this problem also? Either way prayers for your little one and obviously your a good mommy and she's in good hands!! Keep us posted please.
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post #12 of 25 (permalink) Old 05-30-2006, 05:45 PM Thread Starter
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The breeder had a contract stating the kitten was in good health at time of purchase. It also requested we take her to a vet within 72 hours to confirm this. My vet did confirm it. however I have recently looked a photo's I took of her within 24 hours of being home. At 5 mega pixels I can zome in on her right ear and see some stuff in the ear. When I first took her to the vet I asked him about it, he said it was probably just wax.

She sneezed alot the first week as well. I don't know how to ask the breeder for the money back to help offset some of the costs.

any suggestions?
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Maybe consider small claims court as an option unless this isnt a way you would want to go. Guess dependant on the relationship you have with the breeder. Pretty much I guess it would be dependant on when it was first documented with the vet as an issue. I've never had a new pet with drainage from the ear like that unless they had an active infection or problem.
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When I first got my dog, Toby, he came home with some parasites. The breeder doesn't usually extend the health guarantee to parasites because they could have been contracted after the animal left her care. I talked to my vet, though, and she said that with the type of parasite and stage of advancement, she could tell he had them for at least a week before I got him. I had my vet call the breeder. After the conversation, the breeder paid the vet bills.

It was only about $100 in this case, so she was less inclined to fight it, but I still think the first step is seeing if the vet can confirm how long the polyp has been around from the stage of advancement.

In any case, I'll be thinking about your kitty and hoping the surgery goes well.
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post #15 of 25 (permalink) Old 05-31-2006, 12:24 PM Thread Starter
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I just spoke to the vet who did surgery on Ginger today.

She feels she got the whole polyp.

Ginger suffered no side effects (horners syndrom)

Ginger does not need a collar.

I am so glad it's over, and with such terrific news. I will be picking her up tomorrow.
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