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The sooner you take your cat for treatment after the first signs appear, the better the prognosis.
All cats will need to undergo surgical removal of as much affected tissue as possible. The tissue remaining after surgery will then be treated with a laser (photoablation) to kill any fungal filaments in the surrounding tissue. Enlarged lymph nodes in the abdominal cavity should be biopsied (tissue will be surgically removed for examination). Medical therapy should be continued for a minimum of six months.
Your veterinarian will schedule follow-up appointments every two to three months after the initial surgery so that ELISA serological tests can be performed. Abdominal X-rays should be retaken at each visit to re-evaluate intestinal signs of disease. A chemical blood profile should be repeated at each check-up, as well, to monitor your pet for liver toxicity while it is being treated with Itraconazole, the drug of choice for treating pythiosis.
A product made of fluid, cell waste, and cells
The prediction of a disease’s outcome in advance
The highest group as far as the plant and animal kingdoms are concerned
The term used to refer to certain lab tests that use liquid blood parts to detect disease
A cavity within a bone; may also indicate a flow or channel
An in-depth examination of the properties of urine; used to determine the presence or absence of illness
Found underneath the dermis
Something that is capable of producing disease
The part of the throat above the soft palate
The tube that extends from the mouth to the stomach
The whole system involved in digestion from mouth to anus
The process of removing tissue to examine it, usually for medical reasons.
The digestive tract containing the stomach and intestine
A type of light device that transfers a bright beam; this is used for many medical purposes
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.
Small structures that filter out the lymph and store lymphocytes
A condition of dead tissue