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My cat has cancer. He is on Prednicare and Gabapentine.

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My cat has cancer. He is on Prednicare and Gabapentine.
JA: I know how worrying cancer can be. Let me get you the Vet right away. Before I do, is there anything else you'd like me to share?
Customer: Today I saw a yellow discharge from his nose. Can I do something to hel?

Hello, this is Dr Linda, a UK based vet with 10 years of clinical experience.

I'm sorry to hear about your cat's diagnosis.

Do you know what type of cancer they have?

What age are they?

Customer: replied 11 days ago.
It’s a mouth cancer. Sorry I don’t remember what type it is.
The cat is 20 years old.

Thank you, understood.

Is she still eating?

Any trouble breathing?

Customer: replied 11 days ago.
Still eating. I haven’t noticed a breathing trouble.

Thank you, good.

And can you see any swelling in the cheek region?

Customer: replied 11 days ago.
This is the cancer.

Okay, understood.

Is the discharge foul smelling?

Would it be possible to send a photo of the nose and discharge for me to assess?

Customer: replied 11 days ago.
I don’t smell . I took a picture.

Thanks so much, I can see there is a lot of inflammation but cannot see much discharge.

Is your cat currently on any medicine?

Customer: replied 11 days ago.
I cleaned the discharge. It’s still visible in the right nostril. He’s on Gabapentine and Prednicare.

Thank you. And to confirm, he is not currently on any antibiotics?

Customer: replied 11 days ago.
No he’s not.

Thank you for confirming, I am just typing my reply now.

His signs could have a few causes but an infection would be suspected here.

Those with cancerous lesions often develop secondary bacterial infections as the tumour grows.

Those on steroids are more prone to infections.

It is quite likely he would benefit from a course of antibiotics, to help fight off the infection and prevent it from spreading.

This would be something your vet should be able to prescribe.

I'd continue to clean away any discharge, using cotton wool and warm salt water.

As the infection may soon begin to affect appetite, be sure to offer him plenty of warm and tempting foods, to prevent weight loss.

Customer: replied 11 days ago.
Thank you so much! Have a nice day.

Not at all and wishing him all the very best.

This window stays open so please do let me know if there is anything else.

Take care,


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