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Yes desperately... my female cat is 6 years old and too has

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yes desperately... my female cat is 6 years old and too has a sore on her nose and it just wont heal for 18 months now from when it started. i have to put a cone on her head permantly or she hacks it....HELP:'((
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.
Hi, I can help you with your question today. There are several different things that could be causing this non-healing lesion. First, can you tell me what area you live in?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
perth...western australia
Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.
OK, I will have to research a bit more to see if there are specific fungal diseases common in your area. In my part of the world, we would consider blastomycosis or histoplasmosis the most likely.
Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.
Aside from fungal disease, I would also consider food allergies and feline herpes virus high on our list of possible causes.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
mmm...i dont think so. all started from a scratch.... nose was fine first five years of her life
Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.
If your vet hasn't already, I would strongly recommend taking a sample from the wound for bacterial culture, and also a cytology (looking at cells under the microscope).
Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.
Aside from these tests, you can try to treat for the possibility of feline herpes by giving an oral supplement called L-lysine. This is available over the counter at human pharmacies. The dose would be 500mg mixed with her food twice daily. If we see improvement from the supplement, I would expect to see it within 2-3 weeks.
Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.
If this truly started as a scratch, I would also be concerned about a suppressed immune system. I also recommend having her tested for feline leukemia and FIV.
Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.
Hi Steve,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. Susan

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