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Dr. Loretta
Dr. Loretta, Veterinarian
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Experience:  25 years of experience in large and small animal medicine.
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i have a four years old cat every time he gets a small nick

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i have a four years old cat every time he gets a small nick on his legs or feet and he starts to clean himself, he eats and eats away at the area until he is bleeding. He gets infections and bites lumps of flesh from his feet. I have been attending the PDSA for several years and they look after him well and this time I have to take him back to have a coller r put on as his foot is bleeding very bad, this drives him insain and I am dreading this. . Please tell me is there anything else that I can do about this as I hate to see him in this situation. Thank you I will take any advice.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Loretta replied 3 years ago.

Good Morning and welcome! I am Dr. Loretta, a licensed veterinarian and I am happy to answer your question.

I am so sorry to hear about Theo's condition. This appears to be a form of Obsessive/Compulsive behavior so that once he starts chewing, he cannot stop. This may require an anti anxiety medication from your vet since this condition comes from this but for now, I would try giving Theo Benadryl at 10 mg every 12 hrs. This is an anti histamine that will make Theo drowsy and hopefully, stop the irritation that is cauisng him to continue to chew. You probably will have to keep the Elizabethan collar on for a few days.

If this is not enough, ask your vet for this anti anxiety medication such as Xanax...it can really help.

Does that make sense to you?

Please let me know if you have ANY other questions. My goal is to give you 100% satisfaction and if you are not yet satisfied, please REPLY so I can clarify for you.



Sincerely, XXXXX XXXXX

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Expert:  Dr. Loretta replied 3 years ago.

Thank you so much, Joy, for your kind rating. It is very much appreciated! Even though you have rated, we can still communicate. If you have other questions, please Reply. I am always happy to help. I hope Theo improves soon!

Have a wonderful day!