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To make sure I understand fully, can you explain to me what tests you have had done for him? Has he been recently examined by a veterinarian?
Yes, sorry, I was wondering how specifically lymphoma was ruled out. I apologize for not being clear. I understand your question to be how much further should you pursue testing given financial constraints and his declining condition?
Ok, thank you. And what additional tests has your veterinarian recommended at this time?
I agree with your veterinarians recommendations, but I also acknowledge that not everyone can afford these tests (especially because testing doesn't actually help your cat, it just hopefully tells us what we need to do to help them). So if your budget is tight, I recommend discussing treatment options (we call it empirical therapy, which means we are kind of guessing at the underlying cause and giving medications we assume would help an average case of this kind). Your cat may benefit from a course of steroids, or antibiotics, or pain medication, for example. Are you feeling like empirical treatment may be an option for you? Are you concerned about his quality of life and considering euthanasia?
I'm sorry Gail I was just answering you at this time. It can be challenging to have a discussion of this type over the internet. I want to make sure I convey empathy for your situation while also providing you with information you may need.
I'm sorry I didn't meet your expectations. Good luck with your cat!
Gail I assure you that I am a licensed veterinarian. I am new to this program, so I apologize for not meeting your expectations. I truly want to help you and your cat and am happy to keep talking to you, if desired. I'm also trying to figure out how to refund your money. I think you might need to reject my answer?