The Vet phoned this afternoon.
One of the blood tests will take another week or more to come back but Ebbby does *not* have pancreatitis.
She thinks Ebby *may* have feline IBS or a type of feline Crohns Disease but the only way of telling for definite is a biopsy.
I'm not keen on Ebs having a biopsy if he doesn't have IBS/Crohns as so far he has been thought to have a heart problem and then pancreatitis, neither of which he actually has. If Ebs doesn't have IBS/Crohns, then he will have had another anaesthetic and yet another procedure for nothing. Poor lad has been through enough already.
My (and the Vet's) preferred way forward therefore, is for Ebs to have a three month steroid injection which I can pick up tomorrow and give to him myself, instead of having to take him back to the vet again.
I've given him an injection (of antibiotic) before and it was really easy as the vet showed me how to do it and Ebs didn't even seem to feel it, so it is far less stressful for him to be injected by me at home.
The Vet said after the steriod injection his appetite will increase appreciably and hopefully he will regain the lost weight and will soon start feeling better. If he doesn't put weight back on and stays lethargic, then he won't have IBS - which is why I want to try him on the steroids rather than him having a biopsy.
He is tolerating the Hills l/d (low residue diet) well and has not vomited inside the house since he has been on it - he may have hurled outside but I don't know if he has or not.
Ive's chin is still all full of blackheads. As soon as I clear them up they come back. I don't know if it is because she has been on the low protein/high fat prescription food that Ebs was on previously - she was stealing so much of it that it was easier to feed her the same as him.
Anyway, I'm putting her back on the old Hills Adult food. She won't like it but it will be that or nothing.
The Vet is prescribing Ivy another ointment which I will pick up tomorrow with Eb's injection. The Vet said I could also pick up a proprietary human acne wash for Ive's chin (so long as she doesn't lick it off) then rub the prescription stuff on afterwards.
There is an old saying about owners looking like their pets but I think my two are taking after me - ill and forever at the cat doctor!!!
I feel so frustrated because my brave, awesome Ivy's chin is not really any better after two week's treatment and my darling Ebsiewebsie still doesn't have a definite diagnosis.
So many Ouch members know what it is like not to have a diagnosis and it is far worse for a cat because he can't speak and say exactly what is the matter with him.