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DateMay 21, 2022
CategoryCancer
Pet TypeCat
Topiccancer
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Question:

Hello, My cat Coco has oral squamous cell carcinoma. He takes Buprenorphine twice daily. Should a cat that is unable to eat take this drug? Thank you. Linda

Answer:

I would need to know a lot more about him to really give you good advice so your veterinarian is definitely the best one to ask but, in general, Buprenorphine doesn't have to be given with food.

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DateMay 11, 2022
CategoryCancer
Pet TypeCat
TopicPiroxicam vs Buprenex
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Question:

Hello, Coco has Squamous Cell Carcinoma under his tongue. He has trouble eating. He is on Buprenex for pain. Piroxicam shrinks tumors. In your opinion which would benefit Coco the best? Thanks. Linda Luongo

Answer:

If you have to choose, I would lean toward Buprenex because cats don't tolerate NSAIDs like Piroxicam well. If he has entirely normal bloodwork, he may be able to tolerate low dosages of both.

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DateMar 8, 2022
CategoryCancer
Pet TypeCat
TopicStopping Prednisolone after 3 days
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Hello, Our cat Bitsy has intestinal cancer. She is 16 and weighs 5 lbs. She has been on 2 1/2 mg. of Prednisolone for 3 days. I stopped it because she did better without it. Was it safe for me to this? Thank you. Linda & Joseph Luongo

Answer:

We usually like to taper them off of steroids, rather than stopping cold turkey - but if she has only taken it for 3 days, it may be ok - talk to your veterinarian about tapering and using a lower dosage maybe.

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DateMar 1, 2022
CategoryCancer
Pet TypeCat
Topiccancer
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Would surgery to remove Bitsy's intestinal tumor be an option? She is 16 and weighs 5 lbs. Thank you. Linda

Answer:

I would need a LOT more information to really properly advise you: I would need to see all of her bloodwork, x-rays and ultrasounds, any pathology reports, etc. so consult your veterinarian, who has access to all of that, for the best advice.

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DateJan 21, 2022
CategoryCancer
Pet TypeDog
TopicMammary Gland
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Dog has a big mammary gland that keeps getting bigger everyday I read that if you inject calcium chloride and alchol soltion into it its supposed to shrink the mass

Answer:

No - that is definitely incorrect. Please don't do that. You filed this under "cancer" so yes, that needs to be ruled out by your veterinarian.

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DateJan 15, 2022
CategoryCancer
Pet TypeCat
TopicChest lumb
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I thank my car has a mass on his chest the side of a half a lemon

Answer:

Masses can be benign, malignant and everything in between. It is impossible to tell, just by looking at a mass, what kind of cells it contains. Have your veterinarian check it out - they will usually do a "fine needle aspirate" - a little mini-biopsy where they stick a small needle in it and suck some cells out and either look at it right there in their office or send it off to a pathologist. Then you can make a plan for it - if it is definitely benign, your veterinarian may recommend doing nothing.

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DateDec 24, 2021
CategoryCancer
Pet TypeDog
TopicMedication
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Question:

Availability of macivet for dog cancer

Answer:

Contact the company directly for availability of their product. Here is their contact information: https://www.ab-science.com/masivet/about-masivet/

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DateDec 5, 2021
CategoryCancer
Pet TypeCat
TopicMedication Disposal
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My cat takes liquid chlorambucil and we have some left over. It has now expired. How do I properly dispose of this? We have never never run into this before because normally we never get to the point where it expires.

Answer:

Since I refer my cancer patients to veterinary oncologists, I never prescribe this, so I'm not a good person to ask. Ask whomever prescribed the medication.

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DateNov 19, 2021
CategoryCancer
Pet TypeCat
TopicGrowing spot in eye
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Have a cat with a slowly growing spot in their eye - want to find out how serious this is, and if there's anything I can do. I have pictures of the progression

Answer:

There is no way to upload pictures through our platform. Even if you could, it would be more ideal for a veterinarian to get a live, 3D view of it so seeing your veterinarian is ideal. There are platforms where you can upload pictures for veterinarians to review but they charge a small fee - like JustAnswer.com.

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DateNov 13, 2021
CategoryCancer
Pet TypeDog
TopicSwollen lymph nodes
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My shih tzu finished chop therapy for lymphoma in July she has been doing great. Last week she needed to be boarded and get vaccinated rabies bordatella and one other. Yesterday I picked her up and she has a swollen lymph node the size of an almond under her jaw side of neck. Could this be a side effect of the vaccine or has the lymphoma returned?

Answer:

It is probably not from the vaccine - especially if it is "under her jaw side of neck". Have your veterinarian recheck her and they will aspirate it to see.

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DateNov 13, 2021
CategoryCancer
Pet TypeDog
Topicenlarged prostrate interfering with elimination of waste
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Can a prostecomy (partial or complete removal of prostrate gland in neutered small breed dog be done in a dog in very good health. I am not completely sure it is cancer and my pet has no other issues.

Answer:

Yes, potentially but a specialist would have to do it - often found at your nearest veterinary school or a specialty practice - this is not routinely done in regular private practices.

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DateOct 31, 2021
CategoryCancer
Pet TypeDog
TopicInteraction
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Does CBD Oil interact with Prednisone?

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Probably not significantly that we know of but the studies are all still kind of new and every dogs situation is unique (what kind of cancer you are treating exactly, other health problems, age, weight, amount of prednisone taking, what bloodwork looks like, etc etc.) so consult your veterinarian to see if adding CBD oil might be right for your dog.

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DateOct 4, 2021
CategoryCancer
Pet TypeCat
TopicMammory Tumor
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I have an 11 Y.O F/M Calico Cat. Last year, Developed a Mammory Tumor. The tumor is size of golf ball. Tumor occasionally bleeds with a white head. However; cat is active, good appetite and shows no signs of pain. Photos are available!! Pls advise on what recommendations should be taken?? Regards

Answer:

That tumor, more than likely, needs to be surgically removed because it sounds malignant (the size and the fact that it bleeds and has a white head makes me worry more about malignancy).

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DateAug 21, 2021
CategoryCancer
Pet TypeCat
Topicgiving prednisolone
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I missed giving my cat prednisolone last night, should I give it to her now ?

Answer:

I would need to know a LOT more about your cat to really be able to advise you properly (age, what are you treating, how many times a day, last blood work with liver function, etc etc etc) so consult your veterinarian for the best advice. In general though, if you missed just one dose, you would want to give it immediately, then wait the appropriate interval from the time you give this one.

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DateJul 23, 2021
CategoryCancer
Pet Typenull
TopicAttaching Medical Diagnosis for Review
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Question:

Hello, is there an email address that I can use to attach my pets medical diagnosis from the vet fie review? I’d like to have you see his radiograph images and his written report.

Answer:

We have no way of doing that on this platform. Try JustAnswer.com.

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