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ANY CHF Cats here get PEMPHIGUS on feet?

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  • turkishangoraathumanesociety
    Just curious if any of your heart kitties have developed pemphigus or strange foot issues... Vet Dermatologist suspects Pemphigus, but biopsy examined 2
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 25, 2004
      Just curious if any of your heart kitties have developed pemphigus or
      strange foot issues... Vet Dermatologist suspects Pemphigus, but
      biopsy examined 2 different ways in the lab is inconclusive. I am
      concerned because it is an autoimmune disorder that requires not only
      treatment with steroids, but for LIFE (as if the anesthesia for the
      biopsy wasn't bad enough...at least it was gas only). The IM
      Specialist said that there is a steroid that is safer for heart
      kitties (unlike Prednisone and Depo-Medrol which can do something to
      the sodium levels and send heart into failure)...can't remember the
      name of it. Waiting to hear from Vet Derm what to do now... Geez...I
      thought she was developing some sudden reation to her litter or
      something, never expected all this. The poor baby's feet hurt and
      have back crud with pus underneath it surrounding her nails on her
      front paws. She is on Buprenex for pain, and antibiotics to see if
      that would clear whatever it is up, but it's been a few weeks and
      it's the same. Apparently they don't think it's fungus. I can't
      wait until the vet derm comes back...
      My poor Lillie was like the miracle heart kitty, now this...I hope
      she'll be okay
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