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Thank you for your thorough response. My concern with bringing her to the E.R. is that the trauma of the trip will be more damaging to her than what she is experiencing now. (Hiding and crying to me when I look in on her.) The last time she went to the vet she peed in her carrier and it took her some time to recover. I think that you are suggesting that the pain or fear that she is experiencing outweighs these factors. Is that right?
Hi again, and you're most welcome.I understand why you feel the trauma of a trip in the carrier and the car will be quite stressful on her at this time, but the decision is up to you. If she is constantly cying in pain, she can be given something by the vet for the pain (human pain relievers are toxic to cats) and the problem can be diagnosed and treated so she's feeling more comfortable, sooner, if you bring her to the ER tonight. Yes, I'm suggesting that although it will be stressful for her to go in the carrier (line it with a towel or two) to the ER, it's not fair to have her continue to experience pain all night and into tomorrow afternoon when the housecall vet can come. Now, I understand why you prefer the housecall vet to bringing her to the vet's office!Also, if the hind leg problem is related to a blood clot/cardiomyopathy, you need to know that and have it treated asap. If she has a strain, sprain or even a hairline fracture, treatment may be needed. I know how you feel and you would never subject her to the trauma of going to the ER vet center unless it were absolutely necessary, but if she were mine, I'd choose to do that. Poor Emma! I do hope she's feeling better once she's seen in person, diagnosed and treated!
If you're able, can you please update me on how she's feeling and what you decided to do re: bringing her to the ER, plus tell me the vet's findings? Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX it