Thank you a thousand fold for your advice!
I took Bobo to the vet the following day...although the vet was a little unsure about doing the FIV, as his opinion was diabetes, but I persisted and all of your options were tested.
very sadly, Bobo has the feline HIV.
Id never heard of this and can't thank you enough for your advise. You've been the answer we've been searching for for the last 10months!
I am being told Bobo now needs scans and x Rays.
money isn't the factor, but, I have also been told that vets can start suggesting options which aren't needed.I don't mean to sound rude with that comment, just that I'd lost a little trust about their advice since I'd been taking Bobo to them 3 times since January and what has turned out to be costs that lead to no where.
would these scans be your next step...?
thank you, sincerely ***** *****
Hi Dr. Bruce,
I wanted to wait until we'd heard the results after Bobo went back in for further test...we received the results on Wednesday.
Thankfully, the original thought of cancer wasn't the case so no chemo needed!! I can't tell you how relieved we were for him.
the bloody tests came back fine for thyroid, glucose levels etc....and all 3 of his lymphnoids negative for cancer.
His X-rays also showed no arthritis in his bones.
It turns out, his pancreas is 3 times larger than it should it.
our vet mentioned IBD?...but he is running further tests on its full function to understand how serious the issue is.
On Tuesday, we should learn more on how be told how to move forward with his diet and oral steroids....
the thought at the moment, depending on the further results, is Bobo should be able to gain back his muscle and weight loss! :-)
His previous weight was around 7kilos...he is now just under 4.
the only query the vet has it that Bobo isn't being sick as frequent as he would have thought with the pancreas being so inflamed...this will be something he needs to understand more...
we have mentioned his eye and nose running frequently...gooey and black which makes his eye squint...i mentioned his red ear a few months ago and we don't think this has fully disappeared. Our vet mentioned herpes...a or so virus for cats to come across but due to Bobo's FVI, it may have taken hold.
this will be another area the vets will look at.
so, it's Tuesday as the next step...any thought at all, please let me know.
as always, your feedback has been a huge help.
That is good that all those things have been coming back normal. The enlarged pancreas has me concerned. Could this be due to chronic inflammation? Weight loss, decreased appetite / loss of apetite, and / or vomiting could be expected with that as chronic inflammation there is pancreatitis. Could there be some infiltrate there? Could it be some cancer? I hate to bring that word back out, but having a pancreas that large puts it on the rule out list. It would be interesting to see how the pancreas responds to therapy as far as its size and his clinical presentation.
The eye issue may be due to the weight loss. Sometimes weight loss can cause loss of fat behind the eye and the eyes sink in slightly. This causes decreased clearance of tears from the orbit through the lacrimal ducts and it can cause changes with the eyes as far as being mucousy. A herpes virus is also very much suspect as a part of this. It can be latant and then flare up at times of stress.
The IBD is something that usually has weight loss, diarrhea, and / or vomiting with it. I'm hoping that things improve for Bobo soon!