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What are Skin Ulcers?

Skin ulcers in cats are defects in the surface layers of a feline’s skin. The ulceration is often slow to heal, requiring careful observation and veterinary care. The majority of skin ulcers are the result of trauma from an outside source, but can also be linked to certain varieties of disease.

If you notice a crusted wound on your cat’s foot, nose, or skin, it is likely that she has a skin ulcer. Skin ulcers in cats can be a red, inflamed sore spot on the cat’s skin, or the wound can open, seeping discharge from the affected area. Feline skin ulcers have many possible causes including parasites, infections, allergies, disease, burns, and a variety of other skin irritants. Cats also have a tendency to self-manipulate a wound, licking or biting continuously until the skin problem becomes severe. 

Symptoms of Skin Ulcers in Cats

The initial signs of skin ulcers in cats is a crusted area of the feline’s foot, nose or skin. As the ulceration progresses, or if the cat has inflicted self-manipulation, the skin problem can progress into an extensive lesion. The affected area may open, draining a thick, white substance, the area around the ulcer may become red and irritated, and the cat may lose hair in the area. 

  • Depigmentation 
  • Alopecia (hair loss)
  • Multiple lesions 
  • Skin erosions 
  • Skin ulcerations 
  • Discharge
  • Dried crust 
  • Inflammation 
  • Swelling 
  • Redness 
  • Self-manipulation (licking) causing hot spots or infection 

Causes of Skin Ulcers in Cats

There is a long list of possible causes of skin ulcers in cats that includes: 

  • Zygomycosis (a type of fungal disease) 
  • Urine scald (prolonged urine exposure due to urinary incontinence) 
  • Toxic epidermal necrolysis (immune reaction to drugs or infection) 
  • Tick bites
  • Tail gland hyperplasia 
  • Squamous cell carcinoma (skin tumor) 
  • Sporotrichosis (fungal infection)
  • Spider bite
  • Solar dermatosis (sunburn) 
  • Skin fold pyoderma
  • Skin cancer
  • Sebaceous gland tumor
  • Rodent ulcer (allergic syndrome) 
  • Ringworm (fungal infection) 
  • Pythiosis (mold) 
  • Superficial pyoderma (bacterial infection) 
  • Deep pyoderma (bacterial infection)
  • Psychogenic dermatitis (self-manipulation) 
  • Phaeohyphomycosis (fungus) 
  • Pemphigus vulgaris (autoimmune disease) 
  • Pemphigus foliaceus (autoimmune disease) 
  • Pemphigus erythematosus (autoimmune disease) 
  • Panniculitis (trauma, trapped foreign bodies, infections, autoimmune disease, idiopathic) 
  • Notoedric mange 
  • Nocardia (bacteria)
  • Mosquito bite
  • Miliary dermatitis (allergenic syndrome) 
  • Myeloma (tumor)
  • Mast cell tumor 
  • Mammary Cancer 
  • Lymphoma 
  • Lupus erythematosus (autoimmune disease)
  • Lice
  • Hyperthyroidism (overproduction of the thyroid hormone)
  • Hot spots
  • Histoplasmosis (fungal infection)
  • Hemangiosarcoma (tumor)
  • Granulomas 
  • Frostbite
  • Folliculitis (hair follicle infection) 
  • Flea allergy dermatitis (allergic reaction to flea bites) 
  • Fibrosarcoma
  • Feline pox 
  • Feline leprosy (bacteria) 
  • Feline herpesvirus 
  • Calicivirus 
  • Erythema multiforme 
  • Epitheliotropic lymphoma 
  • Eosinophilic plaque
  • Eosinophilic granuloma 
  • Cryptococcosis
  • Burns
  • Bite wounds
  • Bowen’s disease 
  • Bee stings
  • Basal cells tumors
  • Bacterial infection 
  • Aspergillosis 
  • Abscesses

Diagnosis of Skin Ulcers in Cats

Skin ulcers in a cat takes a timely differential diagnosis, as this skin condition can be caused by numerous conditions. Diagnosis of a skin ulcers in cats will require a review of the cat’s medical history, plus a great deal of communication between the pet owner and the veterinarian. Pet owners will be required to tell the veterinarian when the ulcer was first noted, where the cat spends most of her time and what the pet owner suspects could be the cause of the skin problem. In order to make an accurate diagnosis, the veterinarian may choose to perform a variety of diagnostic tests including:

  • Skin cultures: swabbing the skin and examining the sample will determine if the ulceration is caused by an infection of bacteria, or fungus. 
  • Aspiration of Fluids: Syphoning a small sample of the draining fluids can be used to determine possible caused when examined under a microscope.  
  • Skin biopsy: a portion of the surrounding tissue may be removed to be examined in a laboratory setting. 

Treatment of Skin Ulcers in Cats

Treatment of skin ulcers in cats vary depending on the underlying cause of the skin condition. Your veterinarian will tailor a treatment plan to your cat’s specific condition and overall health. The majority of felines can receive treatments at home as an outpatient, but if your cat requires supportive care, she may be required to stay in the clinic for a few days. An Elizabethan collar is often sent home with patients to prevent the cat from licking, biting or scratching at the ulceration, making the problem worse. Pain medications, anti-inflammatory drugs, antibiotics and antifungal medications are just a few medical options your veterinarian may recommend to your cat with a skin ulceration.

Recovery of Skin Ulcers in Cats

The prognosis of skin ulcers in cats depends on the underlying condition that caused the feline’s skin to ulcerate. Follow-up care with your veterinarian is highly important to ensure the wound is healing and the therapeutic treatments are working as planned. Felines with underlying disease or poor health can often develop secondary infection to the ulcer, and should be evaluated for evidence of complications.

Skin Ulcers Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Frankie
domestic short hair
12 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Doesn't bother her

Several years ago our cat developed a small hairless spot on her face about 1 cm in diameter. Our vet at the time thought it was an allergic reaction to "something". She cleaned it and told us to come back if it reoccurred. It happened one more time. Both times the spots cleared up and hair grew in within about 2 weeks. We have since moved and the problem is now back. She has developed several spots (always one at a time), this time we have seen some bleeding and scab development. Our new vet has treated her with antibiotics. Despite the medication, she has developed another spot. She is 12 years old. The spots are always on her face, near the ears or mouth, in different areas. Our other cat has shown no symptoms.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are different causes for lesions of the skin, whether on the face or anywhere else; these include bacteria, fungus, parasites, tumours, allergies, hormonal conditions etc… If Frankie isn’t responding to treatment with antibiotics, it may be worth having a skin biopsy taken to determine the underlying cause so that treatment may be directed accordingly. Since your other cat isn’t showing any symptoms, it may be due to some systemic illness; blood tests may also be useful. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Thank you for your advice. We are having a bad weather in Portland, OR area now so we do not have a chance to go out now, it may be next week. We also find a better vetenarian office in Hillsboro or Beaverton ,OR. Frankie is a cat, not a dog. Thanks again. Masa

Where did you go to in Hillsboro or Beaverton? Did you find a good vet?

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Cleo
Calico
5 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Quarter sized red sore, hair los

Just noticed a quarter sized red sore on almost 5 year old female cats neck, this is the third one I’ve noticed in the past 3 years. I pointed one out at a vet visit roughly 3 years ago, they said it was nothing to worry about because they had just diagnosed her with anxiety which was causing inflamation in her bladder resulting in bloody urine. I’m curious if this maybe is a skin ulcer and what I should do to treat and further prevent this

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without seeing the lesion, I'm not sure what might be causing it to happen - it may be bacterial, fungal, parasitic, or inflammatory in nature. It would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian, point out that this is a recurrent problem, and have them prescribe any medication that might be necessary. I hope that all goes well for Cleo.

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Mickie
Domestic shorthair
5 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Hair Loss

My cat has a chunk of skin about a inch and a half in diameter missing. It was there earlier, so it just happened. There are bite marks, and no pus or fluid. My family cannot take her to a vet, so besides Neosporin, what can I do for her?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Ideally a visit your Veterinarian would be best as bites can easily get infected and a course of antibiotics may be best to be on the safe side; however cleaning the wound regularly (two to three times per day) with a dilute antiseptic (not peroxide) will help along with the application of an antibiotic ointment like Neosporin. If the bite has just occurred, signs of infection will not be evident for a few hours or days; keep a close eye but I still think a visit to your Veterinarian would be best, charity clinics may be a good alternative for you. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you so much. Would benadine be good?

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Knoddie
Turkish Van
7 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of hair

Hello, my cat is losing hair in his neck (a big spot almost half of his neck hair) and smaller spots seem to be popping up between his shoulder blades and other random areas. I'm really concerned because i love my cat.. I'm in a really tight spot financially so i'm hesitant to go to the vet. I do want to add that he had a really sticky oily substance that smelled like frying oil on the spot where his hair has dissapeared before, we tried to comb it out and the cat scratched several big plucks of fur out himself. (this is after we washed him ofcourse)

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without knowing what the oily substance was, it is hard to know if that is what is causing this, and if the problem will resolved now that you washed it off. If the spots are growing and getting worse, he should be seen by a veterinarian to determine if he has a parasite, a bacterial or fungal infection, or another problem. The cost of the office visit will at least give you an idea as to whether you need to worry or not.

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Alyss
mixed
less than a year
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

circular
leaking fluid
Open wound

My latest rescue cat who I've only had for about a month, Has an open wound on the back of her neck. it's perfectly circular and about the size of a nickel. there is a bit of a hard yellow thing showing and it is constantly leaking fluid. I've been cleaning it with warm water and covering it with an absorbent gauze. I honestly have no clue what to do.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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At this point you should have it seen by your Veterinarian to be on the safe side as old wounds like this may never heal properly and may require debridement if there are no suitable wound margins. In the meantime, ensure that the wound is clean using a dilute antiseptic and apply an antibiotic ointment; but this is something that cannot wait much longer. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nova
Cat
9yrs old
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Red, bald spot

My cat, Nova has a bald, red nd looks sore spot on her leg inner leg, towards the crease.. I noticed it a few days ago and it has gotten much larger and more red

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should bathe the area twice per day with a dilute antiseptic and apply an antibiotic ointment to the area (prevent Nova from licking it); it may have been caused by trauma, excessive licking, parasites among other causes. If the sore keeps growing you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Onyx
Mix
2 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

My two cats are 2.5 year old brothers that play pretty rough at times. A few weeks ago, one of them had, what appeared to be a small scratch oh his eyelid, but I couldn’t tell what really caused the wound. The hair around the wound fell out and it got swollen for about two days. This morning there is a new scratch or abrasion in the same area. Should I be concerned that it’s more than a scratch?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your question. Without examining Onyx, I can't be sure if it is a simple scratch or something more serious, but the fact that it isn't resolving normally makes me think that he should be seen by your veterinarian to assess the wound and make sure that it isn't something more serious that requires treatment. I hope that everything goes well for him.

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Slinky
Siamese
2 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Weight Loss
Circular lesion
Hair Loss

My cat has had noticeable lumps under her abdomen and one on her back, no discomfort noticed until the last couple days. We noticed today that she has an open lesion that is oozing discharge and appears to have tunneled and she seems to have discomfort now. She licks it frequently and is loosing weight even though she still eats daily.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Since I cannot examine Slinky or know what is causing the lumps and the open wound, it would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian who can examine her. Possible causes include fungal disease, bacterial infection, parasites, and cancer. Your veterinarian will be able to examine her and determine what might be happening, and how best to treat it. I hope that all goes well for her.

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Gracie
House cat grey
1 Year
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Oozing wounds on her belly no hair

What can i do to help my cat she has oozing wounds all over her stomach their is no hair on the spots i dont have money 4 a vet im out of work right now please tell me how i could help her the research i have done i think she has alergies or ulcers

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Oozing ulcers should be seen by a Veterinarian regardless of cost, if money is a concern you should look for charity clinics or other animal organisations which may be able to help with cost. It is important to keep the ulcers clean and free of debris; however systemic antibiotics and other treatment may be required depending on the underlying cause which is why a Veterinarian is required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mystery
Domestic long hair
8 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

dry kind of sore, not multiplying

Hello, I have a 8 month old kitty, and after I took her to get spayed she developed a sore under right eye. I have no idea if taking her to the vet she picked up a something gross. It looks like just her fur is gone then you look up close you can tell it is a sore of some kind. It is not oozing or growing it is just there. It is sort of the same color as her fur which is gray. Thank you very much!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without an examination I cannot say specifically what is happening with the area under the eye; infections, parasites, contact irritation, allergies among other causes may lead to various skin issues. You should ensure that the area is kept clean with a dilute antiseptic and monitor it, but ideally you should visit your Veterinarian to have a look at her and to give her a general examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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tigger
Tabby Cat
13 Years
Critical condition
0 found helpful
Critical condition

Has Symptoms

tumor respiratory not tested.

My cat has three wounds around the shoulders. they are steroid resistant antibiotic resistant. They are circular and red about an inch wide. He has had three biopsies all negative for infections. He also constantly cleans them. They almost look like burns. A respiratory tumor found when he became dehydrated and his white cells were out the roof and other blood work was all over the place. He spent three days in the hospital. He seems better, but the three wounds just wont heal over. Also during treatment he had a collar on to stop him from licking. He has had this condition since July of 2017. He has been on antibiotics since. The next biopsy is being tested for skin cancer.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without seeing Tigger, I cannot really comment on what might be causing the wounds, but I agree that it is concerning that they won't heal. Stress can delay the body's ability to heal wounds, and his respiratory condition may be delaying normal wound healing. Biopsies to try and find out what the lesions are makes the most sense, and I am glad that you are pursuing that test. Hopefully you will know more once you get the results, and your veterinarian can guide you towards treatment to either heal or remove them. I hope that he continues to do well.

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Hank
dsh
5 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Skin Lesion

Quarter size Wound on neck won't heal for 3 months, unknown cause. He's had regular vet visits, received 4 round of antibiotics and steroid shots, and not much progress towards healing- my vet is stumped! The area is open raw skin, no puss or oozing. A few times it has dried out, then gets scratched and ripped open and bleeds a bit. I had a sock collar on him for a few weeks, thought it looked better and took it off, and he opened it up again all the way within an hour! Just repeated the cycle- and now it's open and raw again. Applying topical Animax, but no improvement. Any thoughts?!
5 year old healthy indoor male DSH.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It seems that you have certainly tried everything that I can think of to get that wound to heal! The next step may be a biopsy, as the wound isn't responding the way that it should. Some things are not what they appear, and we need to find out what is causing that wound.

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Meeka
Mixed
15 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Not

I have a 15 year old female long hair cat. I noticed a ulcer type sore the size of a quarter on her abdomen. All her fur is missing in that area. And she has l9st some fur on her back legs . And one of her back paws on the top of the paw is loosing her fur. She is eating and drinking . And when i clean her litter box nothing is out of the ordinary. What could be her problem. Thank u for your help.



Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Firstly ulceration of this size would need Veterinary attention immediately to prevent secondary infection and to determine the underlying cause. Possible causes would be infection, autoimmune disease, cancer, hormonal conditions, allergy or chemical irritation (list not extensive). Especially in a cat Meeka’s age, it is important you get her examined by her Veterinarian and bloods taken. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Biscuit
dsh
1 Year
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Weight Loss
Fever,
Fever, loss of hair, appetiteweight
Fever, hair loss, loss of appetite,
Hair Loss

Male cat, 1 year old, underwent chemo a month and a half back. Followed by severe hair loss eventually high grade fever. Vet said he's now got skin infection. Gave meds, 4 doses twice a day and a skin cream to apply twice a day. But since the meds have been administered, the cat has stopped eating. He has lost a lot of weight in just 4/5 days. Doesn't play, doesn't go out. Just sleeps all day. Eyes seem reddish. Feels warmer then usual to the touch.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A loss of appetite is a common side effect with many different medications and is normally self limiting, resolving after treatment has ended; if Biscuit is having rapid weight loss you should return to your Veterinarian for another check up to be on the safe side as I cannot legally prescribe any medication or recommend any over the counter treatment without knowing what has already been administered and when. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mike
British shorttail
5 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Hair loss near the sore
Hair loss near the sore, whiteish t

My cat has always been susceptible to itches and sores. Recently he's been licking his stomach a lot and it has formed almost a white pinkish lump near in one of his nipples.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Repetitive licking of one place may result in changes to the skin, however you should stop Mike from licking the area (cone or similar) and bathe the area with a dilute antiseptic to clean it up and remove any saliva etc… You should also have your Veterinarian take a look at the lump to be on the safe side to determine whether it is something to be concerned about or not. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Charlie
Not sure
13 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swellin
Redness

Medication Used

Maxitrol eye ointme

My cat has had a type of open wond right underneath his eye. This used to be crust but we toke him to the vet an they toke this crust off and gave us cream, doesn't seem to be working though

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing Charlie, I"m not sure that I can comment on what might be going on wither the wound. If the medication did not work, it would be best to have a recheck, and let your veterinarian know that there wasn't an improvement, as they may be able to use the lack of response as a clue as to what might be causing this.

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Boy
Domestic short hair cat
17 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

skin lessions

My 17 year old cat who has been diabetic for 10 years now has had skin ulcers for 9 years. Have tried so many different treatments, injections, lotions, gels, antiobiotics and nothing has worked. The Vet does not know cause. Cat is uncontrolled diabetic so not sure if that has relevance. Any thoughts to what I could do for him? Most sores are on inner rear legs and recently have started on lower abdomen.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should at least think about trying to get the diabetes under control as diabetes may contribute to numerous other different conditions which may also involve the skin; you should check with your Veterinarian and get the blood glucose monitored to see how severe it is and then plan a course of action with either diet or insulin. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ruby
tabby orange and white
Unsure
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Pus around open sore
Hairloss
Ulcer
Licking

I recently noticed my cat has a patch of missing hair on her front, right, upper leg, but they're us also a small, pencil eraser sized ulcer/open sore in that bald spot. Im not sure if it used to be an abcess or what! What could that be from? It came out of nowhere.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It may be due to an abscess or from a cyst; treatment would normally revolve around keeping it clean and free of debris whilst it heals (clean with dilute chlorhexidine or betadine). It would be best to visit your Veterinarian to get a c

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Turbo
Calico mix
1 Year
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Puss by a lump, hair loss from lick

My cat looked to have broken his tail about 6days ago. Since then his tail seemed to have been healing just fine until today we noticed a big bump thay he has licked the fur around it off and it seems to have a bloody pussie substance around it. Poor guy womt stop licking it. What can i do to help him? We cant afford a vet but we cant just let him be this way.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the tail is broken it would need to be seen by a Veterinarian regardless of cost and if there is pus, a course of antibiotics may be required which would need to be prescribed by your Veterinarian. You should prevent Turbo from licking the area (a cone may be required) and bathe the area with a dilute antiseptic and wiping away any pus, once bathed and dry Neosporin may be applied to the area. However, you should visit a Veterinarian regardless of cost since this may not likely resolve with home treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.dogingtonpost.com/need-help-with-vet-bills-or-pet-food-there-are-resources-available/

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Prince Harry
Ragdoll
11 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

nasal ulcer
No eating
Sneezing
Difficulting breathing
No drinking
Congest
Nose ulcer
congestion

My rag doll cat has had two ulcerative spots in the past. One on his gums. The other was on his nose. In both cases the vet tested for cancer. No cancer. Vet gave him steroid shot each time. After the first steroid shot, the cat got a severe upper respiratory infection and nearly died. The second time he got a spot on his nose. Tested for cancer. No cancer. The vet recommended a steroid shot. I reminded the vet of the last time the cat got a steroid shot. He said it was only a coincidence that the cat got a respiratory infection after the shot and I should not worry. My cat got the steriod shot. After this shot, the cat got an even more severe repiratory infection and nearly died again. Now the vet says cat should get a distemper vaccine because it is possible that the steriod shot supressed his immune system and a reserve of the distemper virus may have become activated. However, i thought distemper included gastrointestinal symptoms and my cat only had respiratory symptons. Sneezing, clear nasal discharge, watering eyes, difficulting breathing, no eating at all, weakness, no drinking. Should my cat get the distemper shot? If he gets another one of these skin ulcers, should he be given another steriod shot? The shots did eliminate the skin ulcer. Worried. The cat is now 11 years old.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Distemper does typically result in gastrointestinal symptoms, other types of infections which may result in upper respiratory tract symptoms may include other infections like herpes virus. However, I cannot say without examining Prince Harry what the specific cause may be or treatment, but if you’re having concerns I would recommend you visiting another Veterinarian for a second opinion. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mina
tabby
10 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Eye Discharge

My husband and I just adopted a 10 year old cat from animal control. She has thick brown eye boogers and we have noticed a few ulcer looking type sores on her head and tail. She has arthritis and dental problems, so she does not groom herself, so we try to bathe her as often as possible. We use gentle baby products when we do. Since she moved in with us, she has had a hard time adjusting to her new environment because she doesn't approve of my younger boy cats. She has a habit of laying in her litter box. Yesterday, during her sponge bath, we found feces stuck in her tail. The sore was right beneath the feces. The sores on her head and the sore on her tail occurred separately. We believe it's possible that the sores on her head may have been caused by a fight with our other cat. All 3 of our cats have tested negative for FIV and Feline Leukemia. She currently has brown eye mucus and one ulcer looking sore on her tail.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It is nice that you were able to give Mina a home. From your description, it seems that she might benefit from a veterinary visit to assess her pain levels, and diagnose those lesions She may need medication for pain, and antibiotics. Once your veterinarian is able to evaluate her, they will be able to get appropriate medications for her.

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Lightening
Calaco
18 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Cant touch her sore inside leg, red

My 18 yr old Cat some how injured her hip 3 months ago. Yes she has been to her Vet.
Because she can't use her back legs, she uses her front paws to be mobile.
1 inside leg is red an sore. Tried soap as in wound care, everything else...peroxide, alcohol, will make her scream. Considering cats don't take well to wraps, got an mobile. Got any ideas.
She eats well eating raw hamburger an homemade mac n cheese, extra calcuim, besides milk.
Thank you,
Vicki Sann

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Peroxide and alcohol wouldn’t be pleasant, I would recommend using something like dilute chlorhexidine to bathe the inside of the leg since soap isn’t ideal and the other substances used are not very friendly and may delay healing. You should continue to make her comfortable and keep checking in with your Veterinarian to ensure she is otherwise well. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Krystal
Calico
5 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Scab
Bald
Redness
Bleeding
Licking

My cat has had this small little bean sized red sore on her back every few months. It comes and it goes, and every few months it starts to discharge and scabs over. When it isn't enflamed, it's normal but is missing some hair. I was wondering if this could be where my cat has recieved a shot, or some sort of allergy? She licks at it when it gets inflamed like this.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst it is possible for a injection site to cause long term irritation to a cat; other causes like infections, foreign objects, autoimmune, mast cell tumour among other causes may be causing this recurring lesion. You should visit your Veterinarian for an examination when it reappears so that they can examine it and advise on treatment or surgical excision. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pepper
domestic short hair
1 Year
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

No

Dear Sir or Madam, a couple of days ago I noticed a small ulceration on the skin/fur on the right side of my cat's nose. This ulcer is shallow, round shape, around 2 mm in diameter, brownish, covered with a thin crust. She eats normally and is playful. I haven't noticed any changes in her litter box. She's 1,5 years old. She's an indoor cat, never goes out, and is not in a direct contact with other cats. But, I've taken car about two friend's cars over holidays, so I'm afraid she might get something from them :-( Namely, one of those cats is from a shelter and had worms recently.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should ensure that any ulceration is kept clean with a dilute antiseptic; but ulceration may be caused by a few different causes including scratches from fighting, infections, autoimmune disease, photosensitivity among other causes. You should have your Veterinarian take a look at Pepper to see if something more serious is going on. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cat
Russian Blue
10 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

nasal ulcer

Hi,

My cat has an ulcer on his nose, related to cat flu. She is recovering otherwise very well except the ulcer is still bleeding and looks like she injures herself again every day. Is there anything I could put on it that doesn't require a trip to the vet. Saline solution or something similar? She isn't drinking because her nose hurts so I want the pain to stop at least.

Many thanks,

Krista

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the ulcer keeps getting damaged due to scratching etc… you should try to place a cone on her so that she doesn’t injure herself; there isn’t anything you can do really for it apart from watching it heal and ensuring it stays clean (bathe twice daily with a dilute antiseptic), anything you place on it will probably get licked off. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Amara
Longhaired
15 Months
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

Swollen, possible abcess
Warm to touch

My cat is a nursing mother, and has 3-4 open sores over one of her mammary glands that appear to be deep and seeping some kind of liquid. It is my belief that her kittens may have scratched her and introduced some sort of bacteria, and it has since worsened as time has passed and they've been touching it and licking at it.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Amara has open, seeping wounds that are not improving, and the kittens are nursing, she should be seen today by a veterinarian. She may need medications, and there is a risk of sepsis and GI issues with the kittens.

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Willow
Domestic Shorthair Tabby
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

Not moving much
Tired

My kitty has 2 lesions on her leg that are oozing pus... she’s been having some issues lately, like she got a large scab above her eye for no apparent reason. It’s since healed. She then got a cut on her leg outside and all the hair around it either fell out or was ripped out and she has been favoring that leg. Now she has 2 pretty big circular lesions on a different part of the same leg that are oozing pus.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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From your description, WIllow needs to see a veterinarian. The lesions that you describe can be caused by bacteria, parasites, infectious disease, or fungus, and if she is also lethargic, she does need medical attention. I hope that she is okay.

My cats neck has 3 holes in it and his neck and his leg they are all leaking white liquid and he doesn't even move to use the restroom
All of his hair on tummy neck and back legs is gone

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Gilbert
Unsure
5 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

My cat is 5 has lesions from bck of ears to shoulder blades. They bleed a bit and ozze. He does not go outside. We just recently changed food. Some spots are long some round all hair around wounds has fallen out. He also has been vomiting and sleeping a lot. What could b wrong?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Gilbert it is difficult to say what the specific cause is as it may be related to allergies from the new food, infections, autoimmune disease among other causes; you should bathe the ulcers with a dilute antiseptic and apply Neosporin to the ulcer. However, I would suggest visiting your Veterinarian to help determine the specific underlying cause so that a more effective treatment may be given. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Salama
Arabian Mau
4 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Wound
Cat wound on cheek won't heel

Medication Used

Cream

Hi ,
I have rescued this cat who had cat accident, and lost an eye Jew not straight , but he is good now eat well, poop and pee normal, no side of any swelling or ringworm, no signs of flee or anything ,
But he has this wound on his cheek that getting bigger and not close that he keep itching it and skin removed ,
Took to vet he cleaned and gave a cream but it getting worse !! And bigger now the other side of the cheek getting same spot but small,
Notice that the cat has been abandoned in the street and he is been spayed bad that the skin very irritated and red , between his legs , he is getting better But his cheeck wound not heeling and getting worse !!

Now it been two weeks and it's bigger !!

What could be the reason for no healing wounds !!
Notice he is wearing collar but still open it and itch it !

Any advice waiting .
Also can I use (sovereign silver first aid ?? )

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Salama is wearing a cone, this is the best way to prevent him from getting at the wound on the cheek although some cats are persistent and manage to get to it; regular cleaning with a dilute antiseptic and the application of an antibiotic ointment (Neosporin) may help but a systemic antibiotic may be required. In some cases the margins of the wound may need to be debrided to make a healthy margin for healing; also if there are signs of infection, culture and sensitivity testing should be done to identify the bacteria and the most appropriate antibiotic. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rose
Black and white cat
2 Years
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Affectionate
Licking wound
Sleeping a lot.

Hello! My cat ,Rosie, was hurt about two weeks ago. When she came inside she ran and hid and was obviously hurt. No blood. When I was able to observe her that day, it i found that her leg was hurt but no sore or obvious trauma. She’s been ok all the way untill two days ago I noticed a little bald sore on the back of her leg. Not 100 % sure if it was related to the incident but it it same leg. Iv been monitoring it and her behavior. She has no fever, seems ok purring, playing, but now she’s just sleeping... ALOT. not balled up or hidden just like regular but sleeping a lot then waking up to clean herself and the wound. Hair loss is happening but I’m just confused as to weather or not if I can treat at home or take her in to get checked.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for hair loss and for skin wounds which may be related to infections, parasites, trauma, chemical irritation, autoimmune disease among other causes. I would clean the area with a dilute antiseptic twice per day but after the weekend you should visit your Veterinarian for them to determine what the cause is and the treatment required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Oreo
mixed
2 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Under right arm pit has a large sore.missing hair around for two inches left to right.ive washed it and put triple antibiotic on it but doesn't seem to be working

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Areas like the armpit (axilla) can be difficult to treat as they are areas with poor airflow and moisture can be your enemy there; clipping the hair in the area will also help with airflow and will stop hair matting the area if it is wet. I would suggest visiting your Veterinarian as systemic medication may be required, it may be a fungal infection which can be tricky to treat. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mufasa
It’s a grey get with yellowish green eyes
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding
Bad
Redness
Irritation
Discharge

I think my car has asking Ulsers cuz what you’re explaining in the description about it is pretty much what it appears to be. As my family is poor and we don’t have The money to take my cat to the vet and He keeps manitpulating his wounds to where it keeps getting worse. I really don’t know what’s to do but I will send pictures for an actual diagnosis if it’s isn’t skin ulsers. Please respond ASAP. For the pictures reach me a text 3309334232

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Ulcers with a discharge are likely infected, you should bathe the areas with a dilute antiseptic and apply Neosporin to the affected areas; however, you should visit a Veterinarian regardless of cost as I cannot legally prescribe prescription medications with a physical hands on examination so any antibiotics would need to be prescribed by a local Veterinarian. There are charity clinics and nonprofits which help people on low incomes with the cost of veterinary care and you should reach out to them. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Deeohgie
long hair
18 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Oozing

My 18 yr old cat has either skin cancer of breast cancer that is progressing. One of her nipples over a giant plum sized tumor is now leaking/oozing clear yellowish fluid. I have cut back the fur around it to help keep it from sticking. She isn't licking it or exhibiting any signs of pain. She still plays and eats, uses the bathroom, etc. No change in behavior except that she is very thirsty all the time. I am seeking advice in how to best care for her nipple. The oozing is coming from the tip of it. Every day I clean the area with a warm wet paper towel. Should I be applying anything to it? Is there anything I could be doing to better care for her?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It would probably be a good idea to have Deeohgie seen by a veterinarian to assess the lump and see if there is anything that can be done to help it. Sometimes these masses get infected, and she may need antibiotics or other therapies for it. WIthout examining her, I can't diagnose or recommend anything for her, but your veterinarian will be able to see the lump and make recommendations. I hope that she is okay!

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Coda
mixed
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Sleepiness
heavy eye mucus
ulcers

My cat, Coda, was acting completely normal until three days ago. He’s ordinarily an indoor/outdoor cat, and always begs to go outside at the same time (4am-6am), but I noticed three days ago that he didn’t beg for that. Instead, he slept in my bed from approximately 4am to 5pm. Since, he’s continued with heavy sleeping. He isn’t grooming much, and instead drinking too much water, but he’s eating. The day and a few days prior to this all occurring, he had been given a different (cheaper) food for just a couple of days. He’s always extremely reluctant to eat other foods, and I’m not sure really how much he ate of it. I’ve quickly replaced his food with his regular kind. Tonight, he began to obsessively lick his upper chest, just below his neck and along the very top of the breast area, and then a rouge/reddish brownish fluid started dripping down heavily. I moved his head gently and saw that he had a large ulcer or lesion on the area. I applied some peroxide, and he’s licked it some more. Another observation is that his eyes are collecting quite a bit of mucus, which I’ve been wiping away. His third eyelid is visible now as well. Usually, his pupils are thin, but they’ve been just a bit bigger (similar to the dilation he gets when he’s playful), but nothing out of the ordinary. A last thing is that he’s gone to the litter box a few times, and he doesn’t have diarrhoea, but his feces is short in length. The last time he went to the litter box, I had to bring him there personally, so he may not have even had to go particularly bad. He is neutered and has all of his shots up to date.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The use of peroxide can delay the healing of skin wounds and ulcers as it can damage the capillaries which in turn reduce blood flow to the area, it would be better to bathe the area with a dilute antiseptic and then apply an antibiotic ointment; if you are going to apply an antibiotic ointment you should put a cone on him to prevent licking of the area. The faeces may be due to a change in the diet, sudden food changes can cause issues with digestion and transit of digesta; hopefully things will return to normal with the regular food. For his eye mucus, just use a warm damp cloth and remove any mucus from around the eyes. Given the severity of symptoms, I think it would be best to have your Veterinarian take a look at Coda as a more aggressive treatment plan may be needed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rosie
Mix
9 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Wound

I adopted a 9 mo old kitten 2 weeks ago and noticed a sore on her face this past wednesday. We had a vet appointment that day so I asked the vet what it was. She said it could be allergies or cat herpes from the shelter and gave Rosie steroid and antibiotic shots and sent her home with a cone. We kept the cone on for 3.5 days and the scabs seem to be gone and there's wound left. Is there anything I could do to make it better with at home treatments? Is there an amount of time I should wait before a second vet appointment? I don't want to spend another $100 on more shots that might not help. Rosie also seems to be eating and acting normally so I'm not sure what it could be. Does it take a while before the steroid and antibiotic work?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is still early days and skin doesn’t heal immediately and may take a while for any wound to close, you should monitor the wound for the time being to ensure that it continues to improve and keep it free from dirt and debris. If the wound doesn’t get smaller, a discharge forms or anything else concerning return to your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Charles
Domestic long hair
5 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Inflamation
Scab
Hair Loss

I noticed a scab about the size of a dime two days ago and it has some hair loss around it. The scab has been coming up and the edges are now red and a little inflamed. My cat doesn’t seem bothered by it but he’s been cleaning the area more than usual.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without seeing Charles or the lesion, I can't comment on what it might be, but some possibilities are a bacterial or fungal infection, a wound, or a parasite. It would be best to have him seen by your veterinarian to look at the lesion and prescribe appropriate medication so that it resolves. I hope that everything goes well.

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Katy
tabby
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Open wounds on neck

We have a rescue cat who has wounds on the front of her neck caused by a collar that was not loosened as she grew. The collar had to be surgically removed, and the area was stitched up. We adopted her after the stitches were gone. She was still wearing a bandage and e-collar, and is now on her third e-collar, having shredded the first two trying to scratch the wounds. We've been protecting the area with a wide bandage and the e-collar, but it's not healing. The two wounds are raw areas about the size of quarters. They weep a little clear fluid, but don't bleed much, just a little around the edges sometimes. We clean them every 1-2 days with Bactine. They don't seem to be infected. The cat seems fine otherwise, has a good appetite and is affectionate and playful. Any suggestions for helping the wounds heal?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Repeated scratching is not good for wound healing and it is difficult to get a cat to stop itching itself; you should be bathing the wounds at least once or twice daily to be on the safe side. However, there is no way to speed up the healing process apart from trying to prevent Katy from scratching herself; but if the wound is getting old it may be a case that another surgery may be required to create new wound margins and to try to close the wound. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pip
DOMESTIC
5 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Hair Loss
Skin Crust

My cat has a small hairless spot on the inside of his leg. The skin was rough and appeared irritated. I figured it would heal. A week later now, I noticed 2 small scabs. Uh.. 1/2cm or less really. They are red and dry. He is still licking the area. There are no oth symptoms and the affected area is very, very small. Is this enough to have to take him to a vet?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Pip is licking the area, it is probably bothering him, and having him seen now while the area is very small may be better than waiting until it continues to spread, since it seems that it might. It may be something that is very easily resolved at this point.

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Kobe
Mix
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Oozing
Oozing sore on chin
Labored breathing

My cat has a sore on his chin and it’s oozing enough to leave spots on the blankets. It wasn’t there yesterday and Im just trying to figure it out and help him get better. I pulled two ticks from him the day before and the bite sites look fine. It’s almost like when you fall as a kid and scrape your chin. I read it might be an ulcer. He also seems to be having trouble breathing and just doesn’t seem like himself.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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From your description, Kobe probably needs to see a veterinarian, as it does not sound like he feels good. Breathing problems should not be taken lightly, and a veterinarian will be able to look at him, determine what might be going on, and give him any treatment that he may need.

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Athena
Persian Cat
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

There's a wound in my cats stomach, it has a small hole and a large hole. What can I use to clean it? It's not bleeding. But there's a little bit of blood in it.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should use something like dilute chlorhexidine (peroxide may cause damage to capillaries and slow down healing) to clean around the area and you may also apply some Neosporin to the area as well as long as Athena doesn’t lick it off. You should keep an eye on her but visit your Veterinarian if there is no improvement in the size of the ‘holes’. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cappu
Malayan
5 Years
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

Entire nose missing with open wound

I don’t know if this relates to a skin ulcer. I’m in need of urgent help. My cat has lost his entire nose and I see he is in deep pain. I don’t have any means of taking him to a vet living in Sri Lanka and the nearest vet is miles away. I am also not financially able to see him through recovery. But I am ready to do anything it takes to do something on my own and help him out. I lived away from home for a few months and it was only on returning that I noticed that my cat was in this condition. The cats usually roam free in an estate and he loves the outdoors. Would I be able to treat him myself? What could I use to treat an open wound on the nose? The entire nose is missing. And what can I give him for pain? He has his milk everyday and hasn’t lost his appetite. But finds it extremely difficult to eat as his nose area touches the food. Moreover he is trying so hard to get through this and I help him to groom himself. Please do help me!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If part of Cappu’s nose is missing, I would be concerned about either a severe infection, trauma (bite wound or similar) or an aggressive cancer; either way it would need veterinary attention regardless since antibiotics would need to be prescribed by a local Veterinarian. The area should be cleaned daily, but care should be taken so no liquid is aspirated; again, this isn’t something that can be resolved at home with help from a local Veterinarian (regardless of cost, distance etc…). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

You tosser the guy explained his situation and you still didn't offer the guy any help you could have asked him to take a picture and send it to you.

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Kaleigh
Calico
15 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

My 15 year old cat has 3 ulcers on her head after she was accidentally left out overnight. She is normally an indoor cat. These ulcers pop when a warm rag is placed on one. First there was one and 4 days later there is 3.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Kaleigh was outside overnight, any number of things could have happened to her, and it would be best to have her examined by a veterinarian to see what these ulcers are, and how to treat them.

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Maxwell
Cat
4
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Worms In Poo
Puss
Redness
Swelling

We just returned from vacation to find my cat with a slightly larger than quarter sized sore on his right side. The hair is missing from around it, it is red and has white stuff in the middle. It looks horrible and i can tell he had been licking it. What could it be and what' can we do till we save up enough to go to the vet. He also has worms...which we plan to get dewormwer for. We had been gone a week.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Ideally you should stop Maxwell from licking his side (a cone may be required), bathing the wound regularly with a dilute antiseptic and applying an antibiotic ointment may help; also an effective anthelmintic would be best but availability of over the counter products would vary depending on your location. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Caty Beth
Tuxedo
2 Years
Moderate condition
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We have an outside cat at our office who just appeared one day, and we've been feeding her for the last few months. She is obviously not feral and is very friendly, but she won't allow us to pick her up. A few days ago we noticed a large, raised, hard area on her side under the skin -- rectangular (@ 2" by 2"). Then, 2 days later, we noticed the area was now hairless with a large, nasty looking ulcer. The open wound is red in the center and surrounded by yellowish, necrotic tissue. We had some mupirocin on hand, and put that on the ulcer yesterday and today. However, she tries to lick it off. Any recommendations? We are unable to take her to a vet for the reason explained.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm not sure that reason for not being able to take her to a veterinarian, as most cats can be placed into carriers for veterinary visits. Without seeing her, I do't have any way to diagnose her skin condition, and it may be a bacterial, fungal, parasitic, or cancerous lesion. She should be examined by a veterinarian to determine what might be going on, and how best to treat it.

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