Hi everyone. I just got back from taking Elvis to the vet for his lump. The vet's name is Dr. Maddox and we've been going to him ever since we moved to Brooklyn, which was almost six years ago. (I can't believe it's been that long.) Anyway, I really like him but he must have written something down in Elvis and/or Beverly's chart about me being an emotional pet owner, because, before he did anything, he asked me to take a breath and calm down. (Yes, I've cried in the vet's office before. I cried when Beverly got spayed, I cried when Elvis had what I called "goopy eye"... I'm a crier, dammit!)
Once I composed myself, he started the exam. The first thing he did was weigh Elvis. He lost one and a half pounds, which is a lot for such a little guy. He now weighs six pounds. After this, he examined his neck and found the lump, which he said was "pretty significant" in size. He then pulled out two syringes, one to take a blood sample and one to take a urine sample, at which point I turned around and faced the wall. I mean, how does that work, using a syringe to take a urine sample? The thought of it makes me cringe.
Although he growled the whole time, Elvis was a very good boy, so Dr. Maddox tried to take a sample from the lump itself, but Elvis wouldn't have it. He escaped from the table, ran around the room and peed everywhere. When we eventually caught him, we put him back on the table but he wouldn't calm down, so Dr. Maddox didn't do it.
I call tomorrow after twelve o'clock to get the results, so we'll go from there.
Dr. Maddox seems to think it might be feline hyperthyroidism. While this is a better diagnosis than cancer, it's still something to worry about. If Elvis has it, he'll either have to be on medication for the rest of his life, or can get something called "radioactive iodine treatment," which is an expensive but permanent treatment. I found out this about it on the internet:
With radioactive iodine therapy, the cat receives a one-time injection of iodine I-131, which concentrates in the thyroid and irradiates and destroys the malfunctioning part of the gland. Healthy thyroid tissue is not damaged, and the risk of hypothyroidism is low. Almost all cats receiving radioactive iodine will return to normal thyroid function within a month or so of treatment. This procedure can be expensive, running approximately $1,200 on average.If this is the case, I'll probably opt for the iodine treatment if it's totally safe and not taxing on his body. It seems easier than giving him a pill every day for the rest of his life and might actually be cheaper in the long run. ($30/month for pills=$360 a year)
I'll update you tomorrow after I get the results.
Thank you all for your support and keep on praying, please!
UPDATE: I sprinkled catnip all over the sofa to try and make Elvis feel better.