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Get the cat spayed ASAP. Eosinophilic granuloma complex is easily ... condition. It is treated with prednisone, usually. Good luck, -L.

I second this. Spaying is important, and I'm not sure why the EGC should prevent that, although of course, your ... get the shots. Question: can treating it with prednisone tablets every so often prevent it? Just curious on that one.

Actually the best method of treatment is Depomedrol injection. I wrote pred by mistake as I'm taking pred now. ;p Cortizone derivatives won't "prevent" it, so to speak, but it will make it clear up and stay away for quite awhile - some cats have chronic outbreaks and an allergen cannot be determined. Some vets feel there is an autoimmune response/component to the disease. The bottom line is they don't really know what the cause is, though. Kitties can live a long time with it - mine has had hers since she was adopted - 13 years ago. Until now, her outbreaks were well controlled. Lately she has had more of them, possibly dur to failing health with old age.

HTH,
-L.
Ours eats both canned & dry food. So we use a canned food with gravy, and mix in the contents of the capsule (yes, emptied out), along with a probiotic. The problem was originally pretty bad when first observed, with the swollen lip interfering with the teeth, etc., so he had a cortisone shot only that first time. While we have some prednisone tablets in case of an outbreak outside convenient vet hours, we have never had to resort to them. If for some reason he focusses on the dry food for a while, and is not eating the supplemented canned food, we'll see a little bit of swollen lip and/or chin. However, it is never severe, and is always controlled when he gets his L-Lysine in.
Kevin
That's great to hear, Kevin. I know I've heard about other cats being helped by Lysine too. I just heard that it tasted pretty bitter so wondered how a cat would tolerate it.
Lauren

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Actually the best method of treatment is Depomedrol injection. I wrote pred by mistake as I'm taking pred now. ;p ... were well controlled. Lately she has had more of them, possibly dur to failing health with old age. HTH, -L.

Thanks for the info much appreciated!
Ginger-lyn
Ours eats both canned & dry food. So we use a canned food withgravy, and mix in the contents of ... of swollen lipand/or chin. However, it is never severe, and is always controlled when he gets his L-Lysine in. Kevin

Hmm. Could be that I need to get some Lysine for Cheeks. It would be great if it meant fewer Depo shots per year.
That's great to hear, Kevin. I know I've heard about other catsbeing helped by Lysine too. I just heard that it tasted pretty bitter sowondered how a cat would tolerate it.

Laur, when I picked up Cheeks from the shelter the owner gave me a small packet of Lysine and instructed me to add about half a teaspoon to her wet food every day until it ran out. At that point we did not know about her EGC or her asthma. The shelter owner explained that many shelter cats have the rhinovirus and that stress can bring it out of remission and bring on colds. Since relocating is stressful she always gave out Lysine. Pretty sweet.
Actually the best method of treatment is Depomedrol injection. I ... possibly dur to failing health with old age. HTH, -L.

Thanks for the info much appreciated! Ginger-lyn

I can attest to that, Ginger-lyn. One shot made my cat's bumps disappear three days later.
So Cheeks wasn't bothered by the taste of it?
Lauren

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circa Tue, 18 Nov 2003 09:47:45 GMT, in rec.pets.cats.health+behav, Kevin Krell (Email Removed) said,
It's also interesting to note that Herpe outbreaks are more likely to occur when an individual is particularly stressed.

That's because stress suppresses the immune system. Seriously.

Laura

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