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Elevated Liver Enzymes
Our 7 yr old cat is very healthy but at her last checkup the blood work revealed an elevated liver enzyme of 135.... it was repeated again in about a month and it was still at 135 - the vet want so go further and do a sonogram, and other blood work/tests at an estimate cost of about $700.00;  we are reluctant to incur additional charges as my husband is currently out on medical leave for two months and money is really tight.... our cat Chloe - is not losing weight, is very active and eats well - the only "symptom" would be occasion vomit - every three weeks or so after she has been outside "eating" grass - or sometimes she seems "hungry" constantly..... My husband says to let it ride for the time being unless she starts to show other symptoms; but I am afraid that if that happens, it will be too late if a serious ailment is affecting her; what do you think it could be and should we go ahead and do all the tests the vet is recommending -- or wait a few months and have the blood test repeated again?  I love my cat dearly but our money situation is critical due to husband's medical problems.... thank you
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I have 2 cats with elevated liver enzymes. One turned out to be from hyperthyroidism. A blood test will confirm, very easy and relatively cheap to test for. Pretty easy and cheap to treat also, I rub a transdermal gel with methimazole in her ear twice a day. She had it years ago also and I opted for the more "permanent" solution which was to do radio iodine treatment. It's more expensive but last longer. I had it done to 2 cats about 6 years ago or more and one is still normal and the other just rediagnosed. Sounds like your cat might fit the symptoms since shes still eating. Not sure if you had that checked in your last blood tests but its not part of the standard test. My other cat with elevated enzymes just passed away last week after becoming lethargic and anorectic. They thought it was probably liver cancer. Never did get a positive answer but the way things turned out thats probably what it was. *****. Good luck.
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thank you so much for this useful advice..... I shall contact the vet and have the blood test done for possible hyperthyroidism.... that could possibly be the answer as she is not in the least lethargic or showing any other signs of an illness; unlike our first cat who also succumbed to cancer at the age of 7 (which is the age of our cat now and it is freaking me out!)... again, thanks so much for your reassurance and sorry about your cat that passed away recently.... my heart goes out to you....
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