Basically a problem with cholesterol is just a sign that there is a problem somewhere that requires attention. Normally, with elevated cholesterol the first thing to do is look at the liver, kidneys and pancreas. Certain blood values, elevations, or just high-normal values can be very important clues. And a seemingly confusing combination of elevations, even if ever so slight, can point to the organ that needs help. The situation that produces these changes in the blood values doesn't have to be dire. In fact, early on it is far from life-threatening. There is plenty of time, especially for a holistic vet, to get to work and bring about improvement.
As I said, it's incredibly important for you to get copies of all the blood work results and go over all the blood values with a fine tooth comb, with special attention to high-normal values. Don't skip this very important step. What you need to look at is the following: BUN, creatinine, glucose, ALT, alkaline phosphatase, amylase, lipase, thyroid function. Thyroid function by itself is very important. Amylase and lipase can also give very important clues. Etc. Even more important is the result of the fPLI test I mentioned in my earlier post. Be sure to have that test done.
In addition to all this, the diet is also very important. Most importantly, the fat content of the diet. Some foods are much higher in fat than others. And the protein sources in the foods. For example chicken and fish might be much better choices in this situation than beef and some organ meats.
Essential fatty acids might be very helpful.
Kitty's weight. Extremely important because added weight puts extra stress on the joints. So a slow, careful weight-loss program is always important whenever arthritis is suspected.
Also, since food sensitivities can play an important role in arthritis, generally a grain-free diet and no potatoes can be very helpful for cats and dogs.
Incredibly, a high-fat diet and the food sources such a diet is coming from can also have a negative effect on arthritis, so one more reason for trying to find a diet lower in fat for your baby until everything can be sorted out.
I'm not sure that trying Cosequin and other remedies would the right thing to do at this point. I would not want to mask symptoms in any way, I would want to work on all the important details first and see what happens, what the results are.
Since you said "I have to ring the vet" this must mean you're in the UK and not here in the US. If so, the list of holistic vets we have won't be helpful to you. Please do your best to find one anyway. From what's I've read you have some excellent ones over there.
So, anyway, yes, definitely check for arthritis and possible disk problems to see where you are with that.
But keep in mind, we are talking about two different problems here. High cholesterol is the original problem, you need to concentrate on that. The possibility of arthritis is a whole different problem. However, diet changes, etc, will most likely be very helpful for that as well.
Edited by Violet - 1/7/12 at 11:19pm