|At the vet
|At the vet
Update: 1205 EDT. So no word on Devi's skin swabs from yesterday, and Dragonheart hasn't been to the vet yet, but the mom is here and needs to vent a bit, and this is the safest place.
I made the mistake of asking if anyone has any experience with gum hyperplasia on a Sphynx facebook group. Instead of people answering my questions, I get attacked for what I feed my cats (as in we no longer feed raw, but we used to, and stopped on the advice of Merlin's oncologist and internal medicine vet, who are both located at one of the top veterinary colleges in the world, so we trust their advice).
Then I get attacked for not taking Merlin to a holistic vet, because they know someone whose Sphynx had their lymphoma cured by going to a holistic vet and switching to raw. Well, I know that person and their Sphynx. The lymphoma in that case was diagnosed through a blood test only, not a biopsy, so it wasn't a definitive diagnosis.
Second, you can't cure lymphoma. It can go into remission, sometimes for years, but it won't be cured.
Third, I'm a registered dietitian. The means I belong to an evidence-based profession. Which means that when it comes to health care, either my own or my babies, I look to science and the evidence.
Of course then people say that you can't prove everything with science. Well, again, I belong to an evidence-based profession, and we only use therapies that have proven evidence for them. And we change how we do things when new evidence comes along. Some people get frustrated by that, saying dietary advice is constantly changing. But that's a good thing! It means we are learning more and learning how to better help individuals.
Anyhow, sorry for the rant, but I needed to put it on paper somewhere, and this seemed like the safest place. I may get attacked here as well for my views, and I'm fine with that. I'm just doing what's best for my cats based upon the advice of a veterinary team that is part of one of the top veterinary colleges in the world. I can't do any better than that, and I'm certainly not going to subject them to unproven treatments with no evidence for their efficacy.
Hello all! Dragonheart here! It's my turn to go to the vet today.
Some of you may remember that back in May I had a dental and they removed a tooth that was exposed. Then I had to go back to the vet again in June to have a mass - that was gum hyperplasia and infected - removed.
Well, last night my mom noticed that there was something on my chin (she thought it was food), so she cleaned it off and then noticed that there seemed to be some blood in my mouth. I was good and let her look in my mouth, and she saw that the mass was back, and apparently I'm biting it, because it was bleeding.
So I'm going back to the vet at 1330 (that's 1:30 PM for those of you who don't know the 24-hour clock) to have it looked at. Here's a photo of my mouth. We kept it small in case you don't want to see the details, but you can click on it to view it larger. That red stuff is sadly blood. :(
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So any purrs, purrayers, and positive thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thankfully Merlin is still doing great despite his cancer, but our mom freaks out a bit every time he makes a strange sound. But between Devi's rash (still waiting on the swab results from yesterday) and now my mouth, our mom is pretty worried. We will update this post when we return from the vet. Thanks friends.