San Francisco, CA
I went to Dr. Ghumman at Alta View because of a friend's recommendation. When I first took our cat to this vet, it was for a routine check up and shots. The doctor commented that she seemed to have lost weight recently. I am embarrassed to say I hadn't noticed, but my husband agreed with the doctor. He cautioned us to closely monitor her eating habits and let him know if she wasn't eating.
A week later, we took her in because her condition had deteriorated; she was not eating or passing excrement. Dr. Ghumman told us she was very sick, and had lost 15% of her body weight from that of her previous visit. He sent blood for lab tests, kept her overnight, and gave her IV fluids. His staff hand fed her. She seemed to be improving somewhat. We saw the doctor again the next day, and got the results of the lab tests. Not good. Some liver problems indicated.
He told us of our different options, from the least to most expensive. He left us time alone to decide the treatment plan we felt comfortable with. I appreciated his calm, thorough approach. He took the time to explain everything to us, and left us with an easy feeling that he would work with us whatever decision we made. We agreed with having a liver biopsy done, to rule out the most severe possible diagnoses.
Fortunately, though she had "fatty liver", she did not have a more serious condition. Over the next few weeks, we had her in and out of the vet's office many times, and she was a guest there overnight for at least two weeks. At all times, we felt that the entire staff was there rooting for Dolly's recovery. The person at the front desk even volunteered that she spent time talking to and petting Dolly during her break and lunch. We knew our cat was well cared for. It took a long time, but Dolly healed and eventually put on weight again. Her progress was evident both from her increased energy and from improving scores on repeated blood tests.
We just went in for our one year check-up, shots and blood tests, etc. Dolly now weighs 12 lbs. (from a low of 8 lbs.), and seems to have made a complete recovery. We will hear tomorrow about the blood test results, but expect a good report.