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post #31 of 46
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i don't think it was bacteria cause the mats are only a few weeks old and they have glass dishes ( I use our plate for them and change them our every few day). Their water bowl is plastic bt never caused any problems. She has had this happen once before but it went away. Lee said he noticed her lip was a little swollen the last few days (why he didn't mention it to me I don't know). The vet said there could be a hereditary link to it.
post #32 of 46
It sounds like your vet feels there might be a genetic component to this?
I wonder if that rules out probable issues when we use plastic mats?

Phenom is receiving great care from you.
I am sending healing vibes that this will pass once and for all.
post #33 of 46
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She siad it could be. This wasn't my regular vet though. i had to take her to my old vet since my cat vet was out yesterday. She said she has seen cases where it was hereditary. I am hoping that Phenny doen't get it again. She is feeling tons better today though.
post #34 of 46
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She is feeling tons better today though.
I am so glad that your sweet girl feeling better today.
Keep us updated about her progress so that we keep her in our thoughts.
post #35 of 46
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Thanks! And I will def. keep you all posted about her lip!
post #36 of 46
Brandi, you should get rid of the plastic water bowl, too. Just to be on the safe side. You could also try one 500 mg. capsule of salmon oil (Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids) squeezed over her food every day for six weeks, and then cut back to one capsule a week for maintenance. I'm a member of a German EGC forum, and that's one tip I got there that has really helped.
Lei, a lot of experts believe there's a genetic predisposition towards EGC, but that it is triggered by allergies, whether to bug bites, pollen, food, or chemicals. It's often just called "idiopathic", i.e., they can't determine any cause. As it's an auto-immune disorder, genetics probably do play a role. Jamie is one of five litter mates, and thus far he, his sister, and one of his brothers have had it. One brother is already deceased, so there's no way of knowing if he would have developed it. The sole female started with the "plaque" form of EGC (skin lesions and hair loss; she was being fed Whiskas ) at a very early age, i.e, a few months, while both boys have had rodent ulcers on their lips. Jamie had his first outbreak at three, and his brother at seven.
post #37 of 46
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Do you know if there are any automatic waterers that aren't plastic?
post #38 of 46
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Do you know if there are any automatic waterers that aren't plastic?
Funny you should ask - Robert just threw our Fresh Flow out, because it was "making funny noises", and I've been looking all over for a stainless steel fountain, so far with no luck. I've found glass and ceramic "decorative" fountains, but they don't have filters.
Ditto automatic feeders. Jamie smashed his this week, and I've been looking for a sturdier one where I could at least put a china or steel bowl inside, like with his old model, but no go.
post #39 of 46
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Hmm. I guess I will be searching. I just like this one cause it hold a gallon of water and the girls won't be left without with that much water in it (unless that knock it over and that would be BAD)
post #40 of 46
I leave four water bowls out at all times (kitchen, living room, study, and bath), just in case. That works, too. If one gets knocked over, there are still others to use.
post #41 of 46
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I am back. The vet said it was an allergic reaction to something. They gave my sweetie a steriod shot to take care of it and said she will be fine. It could be from a scorpion sting or anything. Her lip should be back to normal by this evening!
I was thinking of something like that when I first read this post.

And I tell you why I thought that, my lips used to do the same thing, one year it would be my top lip, the next year it would be my bottom lip. We finally figured out that it was happening when I went to the baseball park. If I felt my lip tingling, I could take Benadryl right away, and it wouldn't swell up real big. It got to where if I knew I was going to the baseball field I would take some Benadryl. It hadn't done it for years now.

But the doctor told me the same thing, he told me it could have been something that I was allergic to.
post #42 of 46
I do have 2 fountains for the cats and or course they are plastic. I have to take them completely apart and clean them up entirely at least once a week or Pinky's lip gets fat. The rest of the water bowls in the house are stainless and he drinks from all of them.
post #43 of 46
i asked my vet about the plastic fountain and she said that the benefits outweigh the plastic problem. just keep it clean.
post #44 of 46
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Jamie smashed his this week
Jamie...you never stop do you sweetie?

Thanks for the info. about EGC Tricia.
I had never heard of it.
Recently, Sadie has developed a spot on the bridge of her nose.
I just assumed it was a scratch from one of the daily Sadie/Dexter boxing bouts but just in case it is EGC...
I will get rid of all plastic and watch her closely.
post #45 of 46
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Funny you should ask - Robert just threw our Fresh Flow out, because it was "making funny noises", and I've been looking all over for a stainless steel fountain, so far with no luck. I've found glass and ceramic "decorative" fountains, but they don't have filters.
Ditto automatic feeders. Jamie smashed his this week, and I've been looking for a sturdier one where I could at least put a china or steel bowl inside, like with his old model, but no go.

jcat - i have an automatic feeder that pops up when it's time and i removed the plastic bowls and placed ceramic ramekins in it and it works great.
post #46 of 46
Just have to slide in here and mention that plastic's not great for people, either. Using glass, ceramic, and metal are much better alternatives for everybody.
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