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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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My son's 10 year old indoor cat had an outdoor adventure 3

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My son's 10 year old indoor cat had an outdoor adventure 3 days ago and came in a bit sore. She has some abrasions that we have treated with antibiotic ointment and they are healing well. No visible redness or swelling, no bleeding, no fever. But she is still limping a little. She is bearing weight, walking and getting up and down from furniture, just more slowly than usual. Wondering if she should see a vet for pain management or if it is Ok to keep an eye on her and see if she improves over the weekend. She is eating normally and resting comfortably for the most part.
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.
I don't hear of any urgency and so administering aspirin (not acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or naproxen) at a dose of 5 mg/lb every 48 hours is reasonable. My primary concern are bite wounds that aren't apparent - the tiny teeth marks can be difficult to find - and as long as the skin was broken, cellulitis (inflammation of the tissues) and abscessation can arise days later after being bitten. Look very carefully at her skin for tiny scabs which could indicate those bite wounds and if found have her vet administer a systemic antibiotic promptly in an attempt to prevent subsequent abscessation,Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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