One of the most crucial topics of pet ownership in this century is the early diagnosis of tumours.
Tumours are currently ranked as the top critical disease of cats. Coming in second are gastroenterological issues such as diabetes and pancreatitis, followed by kidney disease. Some tumours have lower malignancy, such as Feline Injection-Site Sarcoma and Intestinal Lymphoma. With proper intervention, the survival period can be between six to twelve months. With other malignant tumours, however, most cats have about three months.
It is extremely rare to find tumours during regular heath checkups. When symptoms caused by tumours start to become apparent, it is usually too late for treatment. When a cat begins to become ill often and recover slower, the owner should become alarmed as to the possibility of a tumour.
What can be done to prevent late treatment? Tumours themselves are not immediately life threatening, but when side effects begin to affect the cat’s quality of life, whom should the pet owners turn to for related care and support?
Other than relying on the clinical experience of clinical veterinarians, the treatment of terminal illnesses also requires understanding of Clinical Pathology as well as cell biology, in addition to the use of advanced imaging equipment such as Ultrasound, X-ray, and CT Scan to assist doctors in making the correct diagnosis. Once the prognosis has been confirmed, a surgical team is required to perform invasive surgery and palliative care. Each of these steps is essential equally importantly, the owner needs to be informed as to how to conduct proper care at home in order to improve the quality of life for cats with a serious illness.
Complete body evaluation and physical exams
Full blood and chemistry exams and electrolyte examination - accurate blood classification and reticulocyte count
Initial stabilisation of the cat’s biological condition
Evaluation of potential heart disease and blood pressure
Hereditary disease evaluation
Thoracic and Abdominal Ultrasound exam
Thoracic and Abdominal Radiology exam
Surgical interventional therapy and Clinical Pathology
to administer I.V. in order to treat and alleviate dehydration and electrolytical imbalance
to administer pain-relief drugs, alleviate stress, and encourage eating
for observation of other symptoms
to evaluate treatment efficacy and making treatment adjustments according to patient response
advanced ICU equipment in the hospital
The primary treatment of many terminal illnesses is through the diet instead of drugs, as in administering quality sustenance with high biological absorbency