We learned some hard news this morning when talking with the neurologist for the morning update. Willow has two tumors (one on her brain and one in the nasal cavity), and the neurologist thought they were both meningiomas, one spreading down into the nasal cavity. The radiologist's report came in on the MRI results, he speculated about the tumor in her nasal cavity being possibly a carcinoma tumor. Apparently the location of it makes it less likely that it's a carcinoma, but there is no way to know for sure without a biopsy and it's location makes that impossible without surgery. The possibility of it being cancer adds a different dimension to our consideration of treatment options. We are now leaning toward doing the stereotactic radiosurgery option, as it would be less invasive, may still give us about another year of quality life with her and would be less risky if it is indeed cancer. The vet says, if we did surgery and the nasal tumor is cancer, then we would need to do radiation as well. It's amazing there are so many good treatment options available.
We spent an hour or more talking with the neurologist this afternoon about treatment options. I've been very impressed with this specialty veterinary hospital (VSC of Seattle), they are super generous with their time, answering all of our questions and giving us tons of information. We've worked with them before and were impressed on those occasions too.
Some have asked about the cat insurance. Our cats are insured through Petplan. Each kitty started their policy shortly after joining our clan. I was very happy with them for most of the years I've had their insurance, however, this past year, I've not been very impressed. They don't cover yearly exams and vaccinations, which is fairly typical of any pet insurance, but they do cover illness, injuries, and basically any treatment that a vet recommends (including dental work and cleanings.) A year back, Petplan changed their coverage options, eliminating the 100% reimbursement option and the very low $50 deductible (which I'm still not happy about). With each policy you select the amount of coverage ($2,500 - unlimited), annual deductible ($250-$1000), and amount of reimbursement (70, 80, or 90%). The premium is based on the age of the cat and whatever coverage amounts you select. I just noticed I have a $150 deductible on my current policies but looking at the website, the smallest available now is $250. That really sucks - makes it much less usable for smaller conditions that are more common. They used to offer a full range of deductibles, with the smaller ones having a higher premium, but I was fine with that. A $250 minimum deductible is ridiculous.
They keep making the coverage less while the premiums keep going up, making me less happy with them. I've not shopped around to see if there are any better options out there, but I'll probably do that when the next policy needs to be renewed. This past year, I noticed a significant drop in their level of customer service and time taken to process claims, it made me wonder if they got bought up by a different company or something. Good things don't seem to last. Enough about insurance - ugh!
It's good to have the Willow home!
Now we get to enjoy every extra-moment we get with her.