Hang in there. You are so kind to do all you can for your Spanky. I'm sure he appreciates your care. I know I freak out when my cats go to the vet and are stressed out. Their pain/anguish is magnified in me. But we have to try to stay calm for them, and do the best we can. And that is what you are doing.
Hope Spanky feels better soon -- and you too!
----- Original Message ----- From: "Stacy Zacher" <>
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Sent: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 11:22 AM
Subject: [Felvtalk] Spanky's vet visit yesterday

Just an update on Spanky's suspected Eosinphilic Granuloma COmplex (EGC). I took him to the dermatologist at our ER center yesterday. We were there for two hours and he had to be held in isolation. He was very stressed out and my nerves were shot by the time we left.

Basically she said she could do a biopsy on the lesions (she did a slide smear which was not conclusive but said it didn't like like ECG to her) and that it would be very bloody (the nasal growth) and he would have to wear a cone for 2 weeks and be anesthetized for the biopsy. If I was going to put him through surgery in his fragile state I would find a laser/cryotherapy surgeon to just take them all off. I don't think there is a good chance that he would make it through surgery or recover afterward. I left there with not a lot of hope and clavamox (in case he has some respiratory issue/bacterial issues). No idea how he will do on clavamox though.

The derm thought the large lesion in his nasal planum looked similar to Bowen's in situ carcinoma but again she'd have to remove it and have it biopsied to be sure. One of his other growths is starting to change and turn color (the one by his ear) and he has one in his whiskers that is just black and crusty.

After our 2+ hour appt, I brought him home and he laid on the bed and wouldn't move. Then at night he started limping with his front leg this time instead of the back leg. He's weak and tired. THe cyproheptadine is helping him to eat but I think he's still losing weight and could possibly have cancer/lymphoma.

I found a topical cream that is called Imiquimod or Aldara-and I think the dermatologist may have mentioned it as well. It isn't a cure but an immune response modifier 5% cream topical for feline bowens or herpes virus infection sores that may slow the growth. But of course as with everything there can be side effects. The derm didn't think the steroid cream I'm giving him currently would do much. Then there is the black salve and tonics.
It is just very depresssing, stressful and seems so hopeless at times.

Thanks for listening.
Stacy and Spanky

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