Categories: cancerCat Health

Your Veterinarian Can’t Fix The Problem

Have you been in the situation when your vet doesn’t or can’t get a grip on your cat’s health problem even when they are the best vets in the area? If your veterinarian is excellent but is unable to diagnose a health problem, it is frustrating and worse. Do you feel helpless? What do you do? You are on your own.

I am not referring to feline illnesses which are incurable and terminal. Obviously no one can fix that. What I am referring to is a cat who is not that old but who has a condition that is being treated but the treatment simply controls the symptoms but not “cure” the illness.

I wonder about these situations. Does it mean that the knowledge of the veterinary profession is limited too much? The answer to that depends on how frequently this situation occurs. I have a feeling it is not uncommon.

The problem may not be about the limits of knowledge of veterinarians. It may be about cat owners being unprepared to spend lots of money on diagnosis. The tools to diagnose feline illnesses are in place but are cat owners prepared to spend their money to use these techniques and facilities to get to the bottom of health problems?

The reason why I am discussing this topic is because my cat Charlie may have a piece of grass in his nose but he may have cancer. His left eye waters. He had a bacterial infection in his sinuses but antibiotics fixed that. The infection may have been caused by a foreign object. It is not clear.

I am waiting and watching to look for signs that help to clarify why his left eye is watering, Wouldn’t it be more comfortable to know why his eye was watering and to fix it?

I have not skimped on expenditure. He has had dental treatment (2x) and X-rays. His nose has been flushed out etc.. The X-ray was inconclusive. It may be cancer but the only way to confirm that is to wait for a swelling on the face to appear. Is this a good thing?

I am waiting and wondering whether he’ll just die on me. I wait for him to fall over gasping for breath or making a weird sound, the sound of death. Is this good enough?

Have you been in a similar situation?

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Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 71-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in a many jobs including professional photography. I have a girlfriend, Michelle. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare.

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