Thursday, July 16, 2015

Maggie's cat rodent ulcer is back!

Black and white cat resting in a chair
Pretty Maggie has lived with rodent ulcers (also known as eosinophilic granulomas) most of her life. She had her first outbreak when she was just a few months old, and her last outbreak was in February.

That particular outbreak had me terrified, because the sores were deep inside her mouth. I was worried about all the sores I couldn't see, including those that might have tapped her in the esophagus or in her stomach. Thankfully, an injection made that outbreak fade away. (See a recap of that incident here.)

But it looks like she's still having some trouble. Check out this puffy lip.
Black and white cat with swollen and red lip from rodent ulcer
This is a much more typical presentation for her particular ulcers. Her lip is about twice as big as it should be, and between her top lip and her gums is deeply swollen, eroded tissue that looks a lot like a canker sore.

These spots are super easy to miss, because they don't cause Maggie any pain. She doesn't paw at her lips or hide or resist an exam. She's still eating and drinking normally. But meanwhile, her immune system continues to attack her lips.

Maggie eats a very restrictive diet (no treats!) that's 100 percent grain free. But with this new ulcer outbreak, I probably need to change protein sources, yet again. My attempts to soothe her sores with play therapy and relaxation just aren't working. It isn't stress that's causing this; it's probably food.

So we're borrowing some rejected food from Troy's Weruva packet. (See information on that here.) We may find a food there that contains no poultry and no grain, and that might be best for madame puffy lip, here.

If you're dealing with something similar, please let me know in the comments, okay? I'd love some inspiration.

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