TheBowie wrote: And chemo is not that expensive (not assuming it would even be applicable in your case). My cat has been undergoing chemo for the last year and a half (currently on more of a maintenance protocol) after an initial prognosis of 6 months. It runs about $85 a month + the drugs, which again are not really that expensive. Of course, the dosages for a cat are small.
I believe this varies. To treat our cat's nasal carcinoma was minimum to start - 3 grand, far beyond my means no matter what I did at the time, and no guarantees it would do anything for slowing down the progression (ours had no chance of a cure, all we could do was make him as comfy as we could for the time he had left and spoil him rotten).
In the end we realized putting hm through that would just stress him out. Plus after the horrible antirobe incident***, I wasn't about to make him endure anything as bad as that again.
Every cancer is different, and along with that I believe comes different price tags. And I am sure location also plays a part as I would imagine there is a total price difference between coastal states and middle states.
***If your vet EVER EVER EVER gives you antirobe liquid drops - HAND IT BACK and ask for something the poor animal cannot taste. That stuff is downright NASTY and it almost put my cat into a fear of ALL food. It is a VILE VILE substance and whoever the moron was that invented that evil liquid ought to be shot.
I put like a 1/3 of a drop on the back of my hand, smeared it a little and touched the end of the smear with my pinkie tip and BARELY touched the tip of my tongue (because my cat went WILD after I tried to give it him and fought me viciously when I attempted to give the stuff to him and I could pill him and medicate him for years and he was fine, totally abnormal reaction) and ...the taste , omg . Whatever you do ... NEVER EVER attempt to taste it. NEVER. EVER. DO NOT TASTE. Seriously.
I started dry heaving right away it was like instant puke just place on tongue - no joke. and then it took over my entire mouth - taste bud by taste bud ... this indescribable nasty vileness spread in my mouth. You could not rinse it off, scrape it off (yes - I tried!), burn it off, (yeah - I tried it, it was that bad I tried to freaking scald my tongue
), and you do not even want to try covering it up with food or drink, the combinations of that rancid vileness and edible things just makes you want to heave immediately. I have never had such an instant bodily rejection of a substance and that was just like a teeny bit of moisture not even a drop, to think what that poor cat had in his mouth as the dose, no WONDER he was ready and willing to fight me tooth and nail literally. I would too!
I cannot imagine giving liquid antirobe orally to ANY creature that has a sense of taste - period. I would even question giving it to a plant, quite seriously. That stuff is like ... viciously nastily vile.