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Hi, this is Doctor H and I would be happy to assist you.
Do you have any photos of the affected paw? Did your vet ever recommend the use of an elizabethan collar?
No he didn't i just took photos of the paw
Okay, can you upload them to an image server and then post the URL to the paperclip?
ok one sec
No worries, I'll wait.
could i just upload it here or do i need to put in on flikr or something
You have to upload to an image sharing site, then paste the url in the paperclip information
doing it now
Okay, thank you. And to confirm, she is 8 months old, correct?
yes he is
Oh, I'm sorry, you put female for the gender - my mistake.
made a mistake in the form its a he
No worries. And has he been declawed?
Okay. From what I've seeing it looks like there's a pretty nasty infection that's invading the tissue underneath the skin.
whats the matter
I don't think that topicals alone will suffice - I would recommend either going back or getting a second opinion and doing oral/injectable antibiotics.
Convenia is a good injectable that lasts for two weeks.
what could have be the cause?
Does he go outside?
hes a house/flat cat
we adopted him from the RSPCA
The only think I can think of is that he may have cut it on something earlier which resulted in an infection. Otherwise something may have gotten stuck in there and caused the infection.
i have to go to the vet to get the anti biotics?
You may consider having x-rays done to make sure that there is no bony involvement. Then consider systemic antibiotics, some pain medication, and an elizabethan collar.
he runs arond and jump around with no pain though
Right, but you can tell it looks infected and nasty - I'm sure there's some discomfort. Additionally, I would recommend yesterday's news for the litter or simply shredded newspaper.
I understand - cats are masters at hiding their clinical signs. I'm sure you can imagine how uncomfortable it would be to have a hangnail.
Regardless, the best thing is for him is to make sure there is no bony involvement and consider systemic antibiotics.
yes i would. i just changed his litter to sanicat, we were using cats best organic cat litter
I will take him to the vet tomorrow
Okay, good. That litter should be fine as well.
Do you have any other questions?
nope. thats the only concern
thanks very much for that
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thanks very much