Jun. 8th, 2017

Sick Cat

Jun. 8th, 2017 07:36 pm
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My 12 year old cat, Michael, has been having some health problems the past few months. Most recently, his abdomen has swollen to the point that he looks pregnant. My vet had me take him to a specialist in Lexington (Kentucky) who had better ultrasound equipment. The good news is that his organs seem fine. However, the membrane lining the abdomen had several clusters of unusual cell growth. 

The vet said he thought it was cancer. He recommended against a laparoscopy to confirm this, because whatever type of cancer it is the medicine he prescribed would be about equally effective. 

The medicine is a mild chemotherapy agent which was mailed from a compounding pharmacy in Texas: Roadrunner Pharmacy. The box arrived this (Thursday) afternoon. I got Michael's first dose of chlorambucil in him just about half an hour ago. I'm supposed to give one capsule to him Monday and Thursday. 

It helps that the capsules are *tiny* because that makes them easier for him to swallow. It hurts that the capsules are *tiny* because I can barely handle them!
 
The vet said this wasn't likely to make him sick, and even if it's not cancer it's a general anti-inflammatory and should still help. However, there were multiple warnings on the package about handling the medication, which is a cytotoxic material. I am supposed to wash my hands after handling the capsules. 

The vet said that on this medicine, if what Michael has is actually cancer, he should have between a month and six months. 

I lost a 15 year old cat to mast cell cancer three years ago. I'm not looking forward to this. However, it might, indeed, not be cancer. I'll just have to see. 

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