My vet said my 14 year old cat, Rusty, probably has a nasal tumor and that there is nothing that can be done. I really don't know what to do. I do have 99% DMSO (Dr. Jacobs) and have been giving him about 0.5 ml orally (mixed with fish juice for taste) a couple times a day. Flying blind here. Vet just gave me Prednisone. Any suggestions? Different dosage - more frequent? Should I add hydrogen peroxide? If I mix the two together and apply it to the side of his face? They saw a darkness in a sinus cavity on the right side. Lungs clear. left side OK. At first they thought it was URI as he was sneezing. They put him on clindamycin for two weeks. Blood came out of his nose and eyes. That isn't happening much now. He is off the clin. Can anyone suggest what might be helpful for Rusty.
My cat has a nasal tumor?
Added 10 Jun 2014:
The vet did a biopsy, but I don't have the results back yet. I've also heard of Essiac tea being helpful? I just want my old Rusty back.
Added 11 Jun 2014:
Our vet called today and told us that the biopsy came back inconclusive. The lab did say they detected bacteria in the sample, though. My vet said she wants to put him on a 3 week course of antibiotics. So, I'm picking them up after work today. Well, I'm glad it wasn't bad news, but it would have been better if the lab could have said for sure "no cancer cells". Rusty still has been showing no more blood or nasal discharge. Still sneezes in rapid succession like something is in his nose. But nothing comes out. His right eye looks much better.Clear and nearly as open as the left. He nibbles on food - really needs to gain some weight. He seems to prefer dry food, so I think I'll pick up some fattening dry food - like Eukanuba lamb and rice. I know that is high calorie. Keeping my fingers crossed! Maybe this will turn out positive. I keep hearing Arnold Schwarzeneggar in my head saying "its not a tumor".
Hi, Valley! I'm sorry to hear of Rusty's trouble. I would not recommend using the DMSO, not even topically, as it has been shown to cause eye and neural defects in small animals. I'm assuming Rusty has a lesion on his face and a little peroxide to keep it clean followed by an antibiotic ointment would be best.
You might look into a diet that's high in antioxidants ~ vitamins A, C, E, tocopherols, selenium, etc. and wean him onto it gradually. Essiac tea will not be very helpful unless it contains watercress. Supplements with Omega 3 and 6's could help ~ but be sure to get a dosage from your veterinarian based on Rusty's weight!
Valley, I don't want to bum you out unneccesarily, but I have to tell you that tumour/lesions we see in this location frequently come with a very poor prognosis. I've had two rescue cats myself that had SCC's ~ squamous cell carcinomas that were not operable. I just want you to be prepared for a worst case and meanwhile we'll keep hoping for the best.
If you'd like, post again with the biopsy results, okay.
Best wishes, WCV
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