Originally Posted by luvmycat1
That is a good thread. Hopefully since it was caught early and by starting Popsie on a low pho. low protien diet I won't have anything to worry about. The vet said it's the very earliest stages of CRF. He will be getting checked again in six months. Unless of course he becomes ill sooner. Right now I'm concerned with the elevated calcium. I pray it's not cancer. Would he show other signs if it was. The vet was going over his weights and in 2004 he weighed close to ten pounds. Today he weighed only 7.7
I asked the vet about it and she said it's most likely old age.
This was the quirky thing that caught my eye:
|Right now I'm concerned with the elevated calcium.
I went looking through your previous posts and found that you had been using lactulose for his constipation.
There's a superb website devoted to treating and dealing with kidney insufficiency/failure. It is also mentioned in the thread that Sharky provided.
I'll copy just a little from it here:Lactulose Cautions
Some people have found that their cats developed hypercalcaemia (high calcium levels) after using lactulose regularly, which then improved when they stopped using lactulose. You may therefore wish to avoid lactulose if your cat is already hypercalcaemic. A possible alternative would be Miralax.
Normally, I would say "Perhaps you should discuss this with your Vet"....but, I'm having second thoughts...
You also said
|...His calcium level was slightly elevated which the vet said could be dehydration or cancer. He goes back in a month to get it checked again...
So, you've been sent home without any treatment or further diagnostics...and told to wait a month...what on earth for, I wonder? There is medication for the high calcium level...there are diagnostics that could be run for cancer...but, you just have to wait...for what?
Also, "early CRF" is diagnosed...but, all you get is "kidney diet" and come back in 6 months? And, this is with a "possibly" dehydrated cat?
There's more...Popsie's been diagnosed as "borderline hyperthryoid" and, as cloud_shade
said, showing signs of hyperthyroidism (weight loss etc), and all you're given is a "return in 6 months appointment"....well, if it were me, I'd be looking for another Vet......if, for nothing else, a second opinion. Sorry, "old age" isn't a diagnosis I'd be likely to swallow.
There is often a connection between CRF and Hyperthryoidism, as well.
Many Vets simply do not have the direct experience in treating many of the chronic conditions and illnesses. As well, it is difficult for them to keep up with all of the emerging treatments. They have busy practices to run, and those are their livlihoods. I happen to have a somewhat cynical take on part of this, too. It's much easier - and more lucrative - to spend one's time on the run-of-the-mill type cases, rather than spend hours in researching the intracacies of complex cases.