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Cat is bleeding from the nose, is an outside cat, except…

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Cat is bleeding from the nose, is an outside cat, except during cold weather. She is approximately 19 years old.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. The Expert will know what to do about this bleeding. I'll connect you ASAP. Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about the cat?

She is not asking to go outside as usual.

Submitted: 6 months ago.Category: Cat Veterinary
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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 6 months ago
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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 6 months ago

I'm sorry to hear of this with your elderly cat. Epistaxis (bleeding from the nose) has many etiologies such as nasal disease (neoplasia, trauma, foreign body, infection) and systemic disease (bleeding disorder, systemic hypertension) but at 19 years of age neoplasia in the form of a solid nasal or sinus tumor or infiltrative cancer such as lymphoma (most common in the cat) needs to be the most important consideration. Pragmatically speaking, I'll see if a bleeding disorder exists such as thrombocytopenia (a lack of blood platelets), poisoning with an anticoagulant rodenticide (causing prolonged bleeding times); or hypertension, and treat these conditions medically but I won't search for a cancer as there wouldn't be a practical treatment for it at her age. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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