Hey Pet Parents & Pet Lovers,
First off, thank you so much for being here for us these past few months. We all really appreciate it. Your comments, support and advice have really been making us feel so supported in this troubling time.
I’m happy to let you know that the vets are no longer worried about Beau’s lesion. They’re still not 100% sure what caused the lesion or why it’s still there and we’re still hoping that after these 10 days of having skin specific antibiotics it will go away. However, they feel like even if it doesn’t we won’t have to go into surgery immediately. (Phew!)
They agreed with us that rushing Beau right back into surgery may stress him out quite a bit and since he hasn’t lived life off the cone in about 2 months, we’d like to give him a rest. We have been taking the steps to solve what this lesion is by asking other vets and are saving to see a dermatologist who may be able to diagnose him on spot. But, what a relief to hear we have some time.
From our understanding, since the lesion hasn’t grown, spread to other places, has shrunk in size since the initial visit, Beau isn’t in pain even when we touch the lesion, and because he doesn’t seem to want to lick it or scratch it… it might just the way it is! Surgery may be a purely cosmetic and Beau’s hair may not grow back in that area, which we are completely fine with. This doesn’t mean it is completely off our radar though. We will still be monitoring him closely and any sign of it changing, we will rush him back to the vet to make sure he gets the medical attention he needs.
On the 10th day, we will be removing his cone full-time to make sure he as comfortable as can be and will see whether or not licking it will affect the lesion (as at this point we have been trying to discourage him from any contact with it even in his regular cleaning sessions.)
I will admit it looks a lot better and the affected area just looks like a callus/dead skin. We’ve been taking pictures every day to make sure we can tell if it’s getting better and the changes are so minimal that it’s hard to tell if it’s going to get any better than it is. At this point, I’m trying to remain as calm as a pet parent can be without all the answers.
I’m just really hoping these antibiotics do the trick since I know it takes a while (around 7 days which is tomorrow) for them to fully work.
Again, thank you for all your thoughts and prayers and I will update you with the tests we do/procedures we take. I promise you I will be doing everything I can possibly do to get Beau back in tip-top shape. He’s such a special kitty to me and I want him to be 100%.
All Posts in this Series:
A Bit of Bad Luck: We found a lesion
December 5, 2017
An Update on the Lesion on our Cat Beau
December 17, 2017
Some okay news about the Lesion
December 22, 2017
Final Update about my Cat’s Skin Lesion
January 22, 2018