Here is a link on how to Texas A&M GI lab on how to handle the blood sample if the vet is not familiar with the protocol for a fPLI test. http://www.cvm.tamu.edu/gilab/assays/sampleguidelines.shtml As I understand it the test costs approx $100, the cat must fast for 12 hrs before the test and it takes up to 10 days to get the results. Folks I know with a pancreatitis kitty give them fluids, and a pain med like buprenorphine (Buprenex). Never give a cat Metacam for the pain. Most of the cats were assist fed thru the crash. Hugs to Hobbs Sharyl Sissy and Rocket
Belinda Sauro <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: Bailey had bad stomastisis and also ended up with pancreatitis, his symptoms started with lethargy and not eating very much, he didn't cry out but was very uncomfortable when I fed him (he had a feeding tube because he ate nothing on his own). He even ran from me one time when it was feeding time. His temperature and blood pressure were low (low blood pressure can be a symptom of pain). He also had chronic diarrhea. We didn't ever do the test for it because my vet felt his glucose and amalyese where within normal range so he probably didn't have it, I asked her about it, I really felt in my gut he had it. We did ultra sounds, xrays and didn't find it, all we saw were a slightly enlarged spleen, his pancreatitis went untreated and turned into cancer which killed him after about 6 months of being sick. In hindsight I wish I had insisted on the test for pancreatitis, we may have been able to rteat it before it turned into cancer ... ALWAYS go with your gut if you have a gut feeling. Prayers for Hobbs you can figure out what is going on with him. -- Belinda happiness is being owned by cats ... Be-Mi-Kitties http://www.bemikitties.com HostDesign4U.com [affordable hosting & web design] http://www.hostdesign4u.com ForYouByUs.com [custom printing] http://www.foryoubyus.com --------------------------------- Be a better friend, newshound, and know-it-all with Yahoo! Mobile. Try it now.