Cat Health Questions? Ask a Cat Vet for Answers ASAP.
I'm sorry, I didn't realize that I didn 't tell you what the handicap was. It seems his leg was injured as a kitten, how was not known, and major surgery was performed requiring pins to be inserted for the leg to heal. The vet that performed the surgery said the bald spot was from where the long pins were removed, and only one short pin remains in the bone which cannot be removed. Therefore, the cat cannot bend that leg. The thing is, my son can understand the hair not growing back in that spot because of the scar, what he can't understand is why the bald spot is spreading.
I didn't understand before that the bald area was originally because of a surgery. How long ago was the surgery? many years? Is the area crusty or dandruffy? Is the skin discolored red or brown.black? can you feel anything in that area that feels different than the other side? Is there any swelling or softness? I want to make sure there no internal irritation which may be affecting the skin. Has he had the leg xray'ed recently?
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not necessarily. I have seen dogs with hip dysplasia whose lameness does not change but will start biting over their hips and cause hair loss trying to get to the "hurting place"
You could try a little vit E on the area but I am still suspicious that there is something else going on- Hair should be growing back, not falling out from the desciptions you have given me. It is unusual, but not impossible for the shorter pin to move.
Here are some funding possibilities-I can give you some suggestions for where to turn for financial aid. I'd start with the local animal shelters to see if they know of any low cost or subsidized vet care in your area. Nationally here are some groups that might help you afford the vet bills: American Animal Hospital Association http://www.aahahelpingpets.org/ " Through the AAHA Helping Pets Fund, veterinary care is possible for sick or injured pets even if they have been abandoned or if their owner is experiencing financial hardship." Angels 4 Animals http://www.angels4animals.org/ "Our services range from financial aid to complete treatment to those pets and pet owners in need." Care Credit http://www.carecredit.com/ A credit card company for health care, including veterinary care. "With a comprehensive range of plan options, for treatment or procedure fees from $1 to over $25,000, we offer a plan and a low monthly payment to fit comfortably into almost every budget." God's Creatures Ministry http://www.all-creatures.org/gcm/help-cf.html "This fund helps pay for veterinarian bills for those who need help." Help-A-Pet http://www.help-a-pet.org/home.html "Our efforts focus on serving the elderly, the disabled, and the working poor." IMOM http://www.imom.org/ "We are dedicated to insure that no companion animal has to be euthanized simply because their caretaker is financially challenged." The Pet Fund http://thepetfund.com/ "The Pet Fund is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit association that provides financial assistance to owners of domestic animals who need urgent veterinary care." United Animal Nations http://www.uan.org/lifeline/index.html "The m ission of LifeLine is to help homeless or recently rescued animals suffering from life-threatening conditions that require specific and immediate emergency veterinary care. We strive to serve Good Samaritans and rescue groups who take in sick or injured animals. In certain cases, LifeLine can also assist senior citizens and low-income families pay for immediate emergency veterinary care." They also keep a list of local and national help resources here http://www.uan.org/index.cfm?navid=163 Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance (FVEAP) http://www.fveap.org/sys-tmpl/door/ "Seniors, People with disabilities, People who have lost their job, Good Samaritans who rescue a cat or kitten - any of these folks may need financial assistance to save a beloved companion." The Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance Program is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization that provides financial assistance to cat and kitten guardians who are unable to afford veterinary services to save their companions when life-threatening illness or injury strikes. Of these, the most reliable one in terms of providing assistance is .carecredit.