They haven't actually tested him for anything just going on visual appearance they prescribed a course of antibiotics for 5 days an steroids with no affect he's now on 2.5mg of prednisolone a day he has an appointment Wednesday with possibility he might be Pt's, back in sept he jus had a little black scab on either side of his nose on the top but now it's like his nose is being eaten away very fast with every time he scratches it he rips off the scabs an take away more an more flesh, they told me prognosis isn't good and palliative care is now my only option however they have not prescribed him pain relief any advice on this would be very much appreciated? Thanks in advance x
Hi, Laura! I'm sorry to hear that your Felix is in this condition and I can empathize because I've lost two of my own cats to a similar condition. It's a nasty disease that usually doesn't metastasize but it's highly invasive and very quickly progresses into a nursing/medical management nightmare with a grave prognosis.
The antibiotic serves to prevent a secondary bacterial infection because of the chronic raw, moist tissues. The prednisolone is a Hail Mary attempt to slow or halt the spread and is, unfortunately, rarely successful. Pain is rarely an issue because there are no viable nerve endings in the necrotic scar tissue. But should it seem necessary your veterinarian will probably prescribe a product like Buprenex which is especially suited to and safe for cats and is a oral liquid which can be given very easily.
Please feel free to post with any specific questions/concerns and we'll try to help you out.
Best wishes to you both, WildcatVet
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