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ventral bulla osteotomy

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Rusty

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Purred: Fri Sep 30, '11 12:45pm PST 
Okay, just my opinion, but I would wait untill there is a way you can take Blackberry to a boarded surgeon. I definately would not be doing the teethe at the same time as the ear. Are the teethe bothering him? Are these upper or lower teethe? Are they on the same side? If it was me I would wait on all of it for now. But of course that is just me.
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Miss Puff

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Purred: Fri Sep 30, '11 8:42pm PST 
I would have to agree with Rusty!Please see a boarded surgeon for a second opinion. I think it may make you feel better in the long run.
Best of luck and please keep us all posted as to what you decide to do.

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Blackberry

Somewhere there- is love for- everyone
 
 
Purred: Mon Oct 3, '11 7:21am PST 
Still putting off making the appointment. It'd both top canines that they want to remove, and no, I've not noticed anything that makes me think that they are bothering him; one was cracked very badly. They want to do the ear and the teeth at the same time since he'd already be knocked out. I agree that only anesthetizing him once for a procedure is better than twice - I lost once of my cats once immediately following a tooth removel, so I'm not eager to have my cats anesthetized at all. However, I can't even imagine the amount of pain that the poor guy would be in after that and that's if everything went smoothly.

Sigh, I just can't justify more than $2000 for the board certified guy; I have 2 kids, a mortage, I have to have surgery to fix a hernia, etc.

Anyway, I'll let you all know when I decide.

Purrs,
Blackberry's mom
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Miss Puff

carma works,- wish I never- chaced Meow
 
 
Purred: Fri Oct 7, '11 12:08am PST 
I am sure you will make the right decision. Please keep us all informed as to what that is. Best of luck! It sounds like you are doing the best you can, these days we all have to watch things a bit more.
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Purred: Fri Dec 21, '12 5:46am PST 
We rescued a 10 yr. old male cat named Huey 6 years ago. Huey had inflammatory ear polyps and our vet recommended the ventral bulla osteotomy as soon as the polyps started causing problems. We decided, due to the impending deafness and possible loss of his ears, that we took him to an ear allergy specialist who treated him for the next 6 years with anti-inflammatory antibiotics and we cleaned his ears, sometimes daily, sometimes every other day, sometimes weekly and administered those medicines. After 6 years, the polyps got slowly worse and worse until the only alternative was the surgery.

Our caution... do not perform this surgery on a cat older than 10 yrs., only do one ear at a time. Huey had zero coordination and couldn't eat or drink. We had to force feed him and give him hydrating IV's. After a week of this, we had a feeding tube installed which tore his esophagus and we had to put him down after 2 weeks and $6,000 of expenses. Huey was the most wonderful cat ever and we are so devastated at losing him after putting him through this horrendous invasive surgery and two weeks of torture. Please feel free to email us at sonny@bowyerstudio.com.
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