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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience.
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My grand daughter has a mixed breed cat who had kittens she

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my grand daughter has a mixed breed cat who had kittens she has weaned them and her nipples are turning black and swollen
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
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Inflamed nipples/breasts at this stage would most likely indicate mastitis - a bacterial infection that has caused tissue destruction and death (necrosis) as evidenced by the color change to black. Susie's vet will need to examine Susie's breasts to see if a systemic antibiotic will suffice or, instead, surgical debridement of the devitalized tissue will be necessary before an antibiotic can be fully effective.
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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Hi Marlene,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. Michael Salkin