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Adenocarcinoma in Cats: Symptoms, Causes, & Treatments

Adenocarcinoma in cats is a form of ear cancer. The condition happens when there are problems with the sweat glands in a cat’s external auditory canal.

Technically, your might hear the condition called ceruminous gland adenocarcinoma.

Older cats are generally affected by the condition the most. Although thankfully it is considered to be a rare condition.

If you see the signs of the condition in your cat, get to a veterinarian for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Here’s what you should know about the symptoms, causes, and treatments for the condition.

Symptoms of Adenocarcinoma in Cats

The condition produces a range of symptoms. For example, some common symptoms include:

  • Dizziness
  • Being uncoordinated
  • Tilting the head
  • Ulcers
  • Enlarged lymph nodes
  • Masses in the ear canal

Causes of Adenocarcinoma in Cats

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The cause of the condition is not totally known. Although inflammation issues are commonly involved.

Additionally, older cats develop the condition more often than younger kittens.

Treatments for Adenocarcinoma in Cats

Firstly, your vet will ask about your cat’s symptoms and medical history.

Secondly, your vet will give your cat a full physical examination. Next, your vet will taken blood and urine samples from your cat.

Frequently, your vet will want to use X-rays and imaging techniques. These can confirm the condition. Your vet can also take tissue samples and send them for a biopsy.

Treatment for the condition generally requires a surgery. This is so that your vet can remove parts of your cat’s ear canal. Radiotherapy is also needed in some cases.

While recovering, it is important that you keep up regular vet visits. This is to monitor your cat’s health and recovery.

In general, you can read more about your cat and ear health here.

Have you ever cared for a cat who suffered from this condition? How did your vet help your cat recover? Let us know in the comments section below.

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