Stacey and Spanky,

Would you be open to try a tonic made from herbs that doesn't taste great,
but can be disguised.  It is used for curing cancer, but may just help with
this and as a fringe benefit, even help other symptoms of FeLV - it hasn't
been tried for that yet. Natalie

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Michelle Brockman
Sent: Friday, November 05, 2010 2:28 PM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Eosinophilic granuloma in Spanky's nasal passage

One of my cats has this on his hind legs. I refused to give him steroids and
instead opted for an alternative which is fish oil daily. My cat is fine as
long as he gets it daily. I give him Feline Welactin twist caps. Of course
not all animals react the same but its worth trying. It took a week or so
before I started to see any improvement in my Oscar.

-----Original Message-----
From: Stacy Zacher
Sent: 11/5/2010 3:59:05 PM
Subject: [Felvtalk] Eosinophilic granuloma in Spanky's nasal passage
 This week I noticed Spanky's nasal passage looked swollen and red. At
first I thought it was bleeding. It seemed that it just happened overnight!
I took Spanky to the vet on Wed morning  and she said it looks like he now
has an the eosinophilic granuloma in  his nose and it is swollen and half
blocking the nasal passage. He  has this also between his eyes and in his
whiskers so it is migrating  to other parts of his face. It started out as a
white dot, then as his  immune system became more depressed it turned into
the granulomas and
 they keep getting larger. I started him on a topical  steroid 3x a day. The
cream they gave me to put on the granulomas is  called tritop (neomycin
sulfate isoflupredone acetate, tetracaine hydrochloride ointment.)

However, I'm not sure how long we can wait to see if it works - next steps
would be the steroid injection which will be dangerous for him given his
lack of an immune system. Not sure if pred pill form should be tried first.
I can't  have his breathing blocked and do nothing. At this point he can
breathe and is eating/drinking.

I started him on cyproheptadine  for his appetite. He's lost about 1.5 lbs
since May and keeps  steadily losing though he is eating. Spanky's last
blood results were  better or the same as before. He's FELV pos and was
anemic. I have  been giving him Pet-tinic 2x per day and it was able to
raise his HCT  to 32%.  I know there is a risk if I have to give him the
oral steroids  ultimately on his already non-existent immune system but I
have to do
 something as they can turn into cancer. If anyone gives oral steroids  or
if your kitty has had these granulomas I'd like to hear how your  kitties
handle it. Spanky's WBC was only 2400 last test (low of 996). It is all such
a delicate balance/juggling act with the
 FELV/anemia/ beginning of CRF/etc. The standard treatment for the
 granulomas is steroids (usually the depo steroid injection). I'm just
looking for any advice or recommendations - do I see a dermatologist or risk
surgery (laser surgery to remove these if I can find a laser surgeon in my
area)?  Sorry for rambling but I'm so upset that this has to be inside his
nose now!

Cindi on the anemia list gave me some good links I will send to my vet as

 Thanks. Stacy and Spanky

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