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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Cat Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience.
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I was my cat when I noticed on s neck a sticky spot. It also

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Customer: my name is Ed. I was petting my cat when I noticed on his neck a sticky spot. It also smelled awful. I put him up on the counter and tried to take his collar off but for some reason was having a problem. The cat didn't like it either. Finally I cut the collar off and there is this huge wide open gash in his neck! I don't know what to do. Even though it looks horrible and smells, he still seems in good spirits. The cut is super deep, but not bleeding.
JA: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?
Customer: Just that it seems as if the collar grew into him. Im very scared for my cat.
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Yes, it appears that your cat grew and the collar was too small for him causing a deep and infected wound which needs the attention of his vet at your earliest convenience. The affected area is clipped and cleaned and a topical antibiotic is applied and a systemic antibiotic is prescribed. These wounds should heal well once the collar is removed and the skin properly treated. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Dr. Michael Salkin