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My cat's front leg is swollen, and bleeding right beside the

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My cat's front leg is swollen, and bleeding right beside the carpal pad. And he is also limping and there is heat in the paw. What would it be?
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. The veterinarian will know what to do about this bleeding. I'll connect you ASAP. Is there anything else important you think the veterinarian should know about your cat?
Customer: I don't think so.
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.

If your cat has access to other cats, a bite wound cellulitis/abscess is most likely. If a systemic antibiotic is administered prior to pus accumulating in the bitten area (an abscess) surgical intervention can be avoided. There's a 36 hour window in which the antibiotic can avoid the need for surgery. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Are you there?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.

Yes, did you see my reply above your "Are you there?"

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
I think so, do you mean the one where you introduced yourself?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.

No, this is what I posted after my introduction:

"If your cat has access to other cats, a bite wound cellulitis/abscess is most likely. If a systemic antibiotic is administered prior to pus accumulating in the bitten area (an abscess) surgical intervention can be avoided. There's a 36 hour window in which the antibiotic can avoid the need for surgery. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish."

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
We have 4 cats outside. There is no puss just bleeding.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.

Good. There's a good chance that antibiotics can catch this before it abscesses. Do your best to bring him in to his vet at your earliest convenience. Hopefully you can avoid the stress to him and expense to you of anesthesia and surgery. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Here is a pic
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.

Thank you for the pic! It appears as if an abscess has already formed. You can confirm that by taking his rectal temperature and seeing if it's elevated above 102.5F. That swelling will need to be lanced and flushed under sedation and then a broad spectrum antibiotic administered.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
What could this be from?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.

As mentioned above, a bite wound from another cat is the cause unless proven otherwise.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Ok, thank you for your help.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 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. You can bookmark this page for ease of return.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.
Hi,

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

Dr. Michael Salkin

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