Would you pay for medical tests a second time if your vet cannot determine what is ailing a pet?
My dog has lost a considerable amount of weight. He is currently being fed a high calorie diet to boost his weight, but has only been able to maintain his current weight. We have taken him to the vet five times and they have run several tests all of which have come back negative. The costs are staggering and we were referred to a specialist who wants to run all of the tests that have already been performed within the last 3 to 12 months. I can understand redoing a couple, but having every test redone is going to cost almost $3500 before any additional tests are performed any suggestions?
If they found nothing in the tests I honestly wouldn't keep putting the dog through it over and over. Personally I would suggest you look into the raw food diet. Many dogs with unexplained weight loss, allergies, or other problems seem to thrive on the raw food diet. Many dogs show no signs of illness for years then suddenly have unexplainable problems for it to turn out the processed dog food caught up with them. We have a 5 year old dog that suddenly lost weight 2 years ago and began loosing patches of fur. When we took her to the vet they found nothing. We gradually put her on the raw food diet and she gained all of her weight back over the course of 3 months and is now healthier than we could ever ask. As for your question about price that is all up to you. We have a pet savings account set up and never use more than what is in it. Unless you are rich and can afford to keep spending thousands of dollars you will have to draw a line somewhere that fits into your budget.
Depending on the test, you might want to have some redone. I don't know what the tests are but here are some that they may be suggesting. Ultrasound - if a specialist is doing the ultrasound, they may be able to see a lot more than a typical veterinarian. They are specialists after all. Basic blood panels - a lot can change in 3-12 months. Urinalysis - again a lot can change in 3 - 12 months. X-rays - things can change also a lot in that time frame, but I may be more inclined to go with an ultrasound.
I can totally understand you not wanting to pay more, but sometimes it's the only way to find the answers you are searching for =/ If it were my own pet, I would not be able to afford it.
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