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Hello and thanks for trusting me to help you and Waffles today. I am a licensed veterinarian with over 25 years experience and would be happy work with you but need a bit more information in order to better assist you if you don't mind.
How was the pancreatitis diagnosed? Was a blood test called a PLI run? Ultrasound performed?
Has an appetite stimulant been tried?
Has your vet recommended other tests?
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Pancreatitis can be a challenge to confirm even with extensive testing and the symptoms of vomiting and not eating are not specific to any one disorder, but can manifest with various multiple conditions. The medications that were prescribed so far are symptomatic treatments and not necessarily a cure for disorders and as such may help with various conditions.
Inflammatory bowel disease and intestinal lymphoma are two conditions that present with very similar symptoms and both can be responsive to steroids. If he is not getting any better, and you can't afford any further testing, I would ask your vet if they could prescribe a short course of steroids before giving up. If his symptoms are due to inflammatory bowel disease, he may very likely respond favorably. The same holds true for lymphoma, but if it is that, the response may not be as long.
I hope this is helpful. Please let me know if you have ANY other questions. My goal is to give you 100% satisfaction and if you are not yet satisfied, please reply so I can clarify for you.
My posted replies are for general education only and not meant as a diagnosis. Only after a thorough veterinary examination can a diagnosis for your pet be made and specific treatments be advised or medications be prescribed.