Q: Our Kitty adopted us about 1 1/2 years ago, and at that time she was probably 1 1/2 years old. She has what the vet calls rodents disease on her upper lip. The vets(I've had second and third opinions) have tried everything they know and cannot cure poor Kitty. My vet has been consulting with a vet who specializes in animal skin diseases.
The only results were seen when she was given a megadose steroid injection and a DiTrim antibiotic for 7 days afterward. But within 4 weeks, the disease was back and spreading much faster. Our vet is reluctant to continue the megadose of steroids because of side effects.
We are all at a loss. Kitty does not seem to be in any pain and she has always eaten really well. I have also changed her diet several times at the vet's suggestion to see if it might be an allergy.
If you can come up with any other suggestions, we are willing to try most anything.
Mr. & Mrs. D. Dennison,
A: From your description in your letter, your cat's condition is commonly referred to as "rodent ulcer," which is part of a complicated disorder known as the Eosinophillic granuloma complex. The actual cause of this disease is still unknown. It is not particularly associated with any other diseases. It generally affects the upper lip and appears as a deep ulcer or sore. Treatment of this problem is not always curative. In some cases, it may be a lifelong problem. In many instances, the condition reoccurs when treatment stops.