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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 male cat keeps scratching s nose and makes it bleed been

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hi my male cat keeps scratching his nose and makes it bleed been to vets an they say hes got some form of cancer but because he scratches all the time its not healing is there anything that i can do to help him thanks
Submitted: 12 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 12 months ago.

It's important to recognize that if cancer - squamous cell carcinoma, usually, when found on the nose - exists it doesn't matter if he scratches it or not because cancer doesn't "heal" in either case. It needs to be surgically removed or in less severe cases, radiotherapy, photodynamic therapy, cryotherapy, intralesional chemotherapy or curettage with thermocautery can be effective.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 12 months ago.
also he keeps hissing all the time hes been to the vets and he has this problem could i put a vet coller on him to stop him
Customer: replied 12 months ago.
are you still there
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 12 months ago.

A collar might stop his excoriating his nose but it would need to be on him indefinitely. You're going to have a very unhappy cat.

Customer: replied 12 months ago.
my cat is 19 years old and the vets have said hes depressed also thats why he keeps hissing i have another cat too but i cant leave them together cause he keeps going for her but brought up from kittens so what do recommend i do
Customer: replied 12 months ago.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 12 months ago.

Your last question is unrelated to your initial one and I'm not allowed to thoroughly answer it in this conversation but I can tell you that separating these cats is the most expedient manner in which to avoid the hissing and aggression.

Customer: replied 12 months ago.
ok thank you
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 12 months ago.

You're welcome. I can't set a follow-up in this venue so please return to our conversation - even after rating - with an update at your convenience.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 12 months ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
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