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Unless your cat is extremely ill, it will be treated as an outpatient. If it is emaciated and chronically infected, you may need to consider euthanasia because the prognosis is very poor for such animals. If your cat is not severely infected, your veterinarian will prescribe a high-quality protein diet, one that is designed specifically for renal insufficiency if necessary. If your cat has a single dermal nodule, it is best to surgically remove it.
This is a zoonotic infection, and the organisms residing in the lesions can be communicated to humans. These organisms will never be entirely eliminated, and relapse, requiring treatment, is inevitable.
There are medications that can be helpful in treating symptoms and in addressing the disease. Your veterinarian will advise you on the best course.
Your veterinarian will want to monitor your cat for clinical improvement and for identification of organisms in repeat biopsies. You can expect a relapse a few months to a year after the initial therapy; your veterinarian will want to recheck your cat's condition at least every two months after completion of the initial treatment. The prognosis for a successful cure is very guarded.
The term for the nostrils and muscles in the upper and lower lips of an animal; may also be used to describe a type of tool used to keep an animal from biting
Small structures that filter out the lymph and store lymphocytes
A small lump or mass of tissue
An in-depth examination of the properties of urine; used to determine the presence or absence of illness
Anything pertaining to an organ
The process of turning an egg into a bird
The prediction of a disease’s outcome in advance
Extreme loss of blood
Related to or of the skin
The process of removing tissue to examine it, usually for medical reasons.
The presence of a disease within a given area
A substance that causes chemical change to another
Inducing death on an animal or putting them to sleep
The space in the abdomen that holds the major digestive organs in an animal. Normally referred to as the area between the diaphragm and the pelvis. Also referred to as the peritoneal cavity.