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Looking for a Cardiology Specialist for Kiara and in CA
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18 May 2023 - 2:17 pm
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My dog Kiara aka Kiki was recently diagnosed with osteosarcoma & got a front leg amputation. She had her first round of carboplatin chemotherapy on May 4th and we found out today on her blood work appointment day that she has to switch to Doxorubicin because the carboplatin is on back-order globally. The new meds can be dangerous for her because she has a small heart murmur. She needs to be seen by a cardiologist ASAP/within the next 2 weeks to see if she’ll be able to switch chemo’s & to be able to make the next round of chemo treatment on her scheduled time.

So far I’ve called 16 places and no availability until 1+ months out. If anyone has any recommendations on cardiology specialists that they know of please let me know. We reside in San Diego but are willing to travel to OC/Irvine/LA area.  🐾🙏🏼

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18 May 2023 - 2:38 pm
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Wow, I had no idea about that shortage. I'm so sorry! 

Did you try North County Specialty Vets? They are a nationwide association of clinics and might have availability.

Also, try Veterinary Cancer Group in Tustin. They are a multi-site practice as well.

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18 May 2023 - 5:27 pm
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update: After hours of calls, we finally got an opening at the Bluepearl Pet Hospital in Irvine next Thursday. We’re hoping everything will be able to work out on schedule. Thank you so much!! <3


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18 May 2023 - 8:20 pm
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Gosh, so sorry you have this added stress.

Glad you were able to get her  seen  next week by a heart Specialist. 

Had not heard avout this shortage from any members on the site....yet.  Is it  possible...possible.....that another Oncologist  Dept  at another clinic has a supply??  Cert worth a try.  Perhaps your regular  Veterinarian  can make the inquiries  as he can probably get better results versus just a "regular civilian".

I would also clarify  with whomever when Carboplatin  will be available.   Point being,  if Kiara has to skip the next chemo to wait for the Carboplatin  and it's just a matter of a couple weeks delay, that shouldn't  be an issue for it's effectiveness.


Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!


Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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18 May 2023 - 10:21 pm
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Oh that's great I didn't even think of them. So glad you got in.

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