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" <stacy_zac...@yahoo.com>
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
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
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
It is just very depresssing, stressful and seems so hopeless at times.
Thanks for listening.
Stacy and Spanky
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