On Monday morning Henry and I drove to the vet's office because he was due for his annual check up.
The other reason why we were going was because he has been randomly throwing up for the past two weeks and I suspected his hyperthyroid numbers were either too high.
As Henry glanced towards the exam room I was was convinced he knew exactly why I brought him into the office because
he's been hungry all the time and when he finishes licking my bowl (this picture was taken just now) of yogurt he meows for more and consequently doesn't gain weight. He's been hovering around 7 pounds since he was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism a year ago.
As it turned out, Henry was right. His vet told me his vomiting was a non-specific sign of underlying problems so she:
- listened to his heart beat and noticed that it had a gallop rhythm
- felt his belly and found he had a mass or thickened intestines in his lower belly
After she checked him out she said she couldn't give him any of his shots because he was so ill and recommended either (or all) of the following:
- a Senior Screen to evaluate his organ function including his thyroid
- X-rays to check out his belly
- an echocardiogram consult with a cardiac consult
I thought I was going to be told he needed the usual blood panel to check his thyroid levels and there I was faced with three expensive choices. Overwhelmed, I chose to make an appointment for tomorrow afternoon for a 2nd opinion from his regular vet and then I will go from there.
As we drove home Henry and I did some deep thinking. What test or tests should we do? What is the better choice? In the meantime we thought we would ask you, our readers, what you would do in this situation. Has your dog or cat gone through this very situation? Please send us your advice. We would appreciate your help!
Henry and April