Curious about what people think. I took my older dog to the vet yesterday morning as she was breathing more rabidly at times and getting picky about eating. Then I noticed her gums were pale. Very scary.
Unfortunately got bad news, her lungs have multiple tumors. She’s obviously dealing with something in her blood work (she had clean blood work in November.) Obviously I was pretty upset to hear this news.
The vet said it was probably cancer but there is a chance that it’s fungal. He said on our part of the country fungal is very rare because we are very dry here. He asked if she’d ever been out of the country and I told him she was born in Indiana but that was 12 years ago. He stated that even though it was unlikely He would like to be safe since she was born in Indiana and check for fungal stuff. He said that it is probably cancer but if we treated it like cancer and it was fungal she would probably die quickly because they are opposite treatments.
I admittedly thought this seemed a little bit silly but he was adamant that he really would feel better if we did the fungal panel. Stupidly I just assumed it would be a similar price point as the blood panel. So I okayed it.
Well that fungal panel cost me $400. It was the biggest chunk of an $800 bill. It is on me to not ask the price. That was stupid. I was just so upset with the news and I was thinking it was more of a $150 price point and that what the heck just to be safe because he was so adamant.
I looked online and places like Cornell provide different fungal panels for from anywhere from $15 to $180.
I know there is the process and handling fees from the vet. Still it makes me wonder what kind of unlikely panel he just had to test for. In a part of the country that fungal anything would be unlikely??
My husband wants to call and cancel the panel. I don’t know. I feel like I was the sucker. If it was very likely that it could be fungal, $400 would seem more worth it. But seems like a waste of money.
Obviously I’m upset all around… just horrible news. I’d love an outside perspective.