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    Sinus Issues (continued)

    The vet isn't convinced it's cancer -- she seems to think since he had a UTI when I adopted him 15 years ago (and has had a few since) that it's a chronic condition related to that, but the constant discharge, pus, and especially bloody noses are new and very characteristic of sinus/nasal...
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    Sinus Issues (continued)

    Thanks for your response. But how do they "live a comfortable life if you find out early"? I assume you also pursued the CT scan and radiation/chemo? That definitely would NOT improve the quality of my own cat's life, since he dies a thousand deaths just getting in his carrier, much less going...
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    Sinus Issues (continued)

    I followed the vet's instructions to begin giving the medication only once every three days after a prescribed period, and his symptoms returned the second day I skipped a dose. I administered it on the third, but he now has a repeat of the sneezing and blood-tinged discharge, primarily from...
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    Sinus Issues (continued)

    As long as it works, we're happy (it was reasonably priced, too, unlike the injection and the "new" antibiotic).
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    Sinus Issues (continued)

    I don't have any complaint with it (it worked), although I suppose it contains sugar or another sweetener, which may or may not be good for certain pets? It's an oral medication (administered by dropper), so I suppose it has to be palatable to humans. I was just surprised and didn't even...
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    Sinus Issues (continued)

    The course of azithromycin worked, but another question: should cat medicine be fruit-flavored and sweet? I threw away the box, but the bottle says nothing about it being for veterinary use, specifically.
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    Sinus Issues (continued)

    I'm happy to report that after just one dose (24 hours), he seems much better; amazing! I'm very happy with this second vet and will be sticking with her. Will keep you posted...
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    Sinus Issues (continued)

    So the prescribed treatment is five days of azithromycin, and then administer every three days for 4-6 weeks. Anyone familiar with this regimen?
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    Sinus Issues (continued)

    He had all the usual screening tests when I adopted him (FIV, etc.) and nothing was found, but he also had a UTI when I adopted him.
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    Sinus Issues (continued)

    Is the test for histoplasmosis expensive? That's a fungal infection requiring an antifungal instead of antibiotic, I realize, and, yes, we do have it around here. Could a viral infection cause the pus and blood in the discharge just as a bacterial infection would? And again, given his age and...
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    Sinus Issues (continued)

    I probably misunderstood azithromycin (she said "Z-pack"). He does have a history, and her theory is that the sinus/nasal tissues are probably damaged/scarred from that and, being older, he now has less immunity, so it will be a recurring problem without pulsing, as you say, antibiotics...
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    I just wondered if anyone familiar with these drugs could advise which would be the wiser course of action: a long steady course of doxy or "off and on" erythro. I'm not inclined to put him -- or me -- through anything uber stressful, invasive, or expensive; I just want him to have some relief!
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    Sinus Issues (continued)

    As I posted before, my 16-year-old kitty and I have been battling his (apparent) chronic sinus infection for a couple of months now. So far he's had the antibiotic injection/steroid combination, then a course of Veraflow, neither resulting in any real improvement, and finally was prescribed...
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    I'm at the beginning of my cat's hypertrophic cardiomyopathy journey

    It depends on the degree of the disease; on the other hand, it can kill quickly. I've had THREE boys affected (Norwegian Forest, Domestic Shorthair, and Maine Coon; it seems to affect all breeds, but mostly males). The first died in surgery at age two; only a necropsy revealed it (no...
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    I think my cat is dying.

    I agree with your decision, for what it's worth. 15 is a good long life, and going to the vet is torture for some cats (including mine). Euthanasia doesn't always go according to plan, either. I've seen too many friends' pets spend their final days in a cage in a hospital, poked and prodded...
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    Recurrent Sinus Infection

    I consulted Dr. Google instead, and it is INDEED .5 ML twice a day for cats (15 doses; not days), so we began it this morning. Evidently the prescribing vet just doesn't know how to issue instructions.
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    Recurrent Sinus Infection

    I mean, I don't have to start it yet (he's not in dire straits; just stuffy and uncomfortable), but there will go two more days that's it's good for. If no one here knows, I'll have no choice but to wait for Monday morning when I'll call the NEW clinic for clarification (I no longer have...
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    Recurrent Sinus Infection

    If they were open, I would.
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    Recurrent Sinus Infection

    UPDATE: New vet okayed the Clavamox this time, but said given the history, would recommend erythromycin on a staggered schedule. It's probably viral/chronic with bacterial/acute episodes. Also pointed out that Clavamox is good for only about a week, and yet the other vet said to administer it...
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    Recurrent Sinus Infection

    As I said, I had never heard of the Veraflox, and the Clavamox was prescribed once before, but for a dental abscess (?). I'm trying to get him in with another vet before starting the course of the latter. Of course it would be the weekend now! But thanks. This is the kind of feedback I was...
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