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Last night I pulled a patch of hair that I thought had glue

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Last night I pulled a patch of hair that I thought had glue in it off of my cats left front elbow? The hair and skin came completely off, there is muscle showing now
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the cat's name and age?
Customer: Yoko, she is 6 or 7 months,old
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Yoko?
Customer: No
Submitted: 12 days ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 days ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 days ago.

Depending upon the size, I might leave it open to lavage with over the counter chlorhexidine solution in order to prevent secondary infection and undelayed healing by secondary intention (no stitches) or, instead, place a few stitches or staples. Can you upload a photo(s) of this wound to our conversation? You can upload photos by using the paperclip or add file icon in the toolbar above your message box (if you can see those icons on your particular device) or you can use an external app such as dropbox.com/

I can be more accurate for you if I can see what you're seeing.

Customer: replied 11 days ago.
Where is paperclip? I'll send you pic
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 days ago.

You might not see it on some devices. If not, please use an external app such as dropbox.com/

Customer: replied 11 days ago.
I sent you a pic
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 days ago.

Thank you. Give me a moment to take a look...

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 days ago.

This will heal a lot faster (7-10 days) if stitched or stapled. It will heal if nothing is done but keeping it clean with chlorhexidine only and waiting for the skin to contract closed will take 2-3 weeks. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

Customer: replied 11 days ago.
Can i put neosporin on it or hydrogen peroxide until I can get her to the vet on Monday?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 days ago.

Neoporin shouldn't be used under the skin. Peroxide is OK but will sting. I prefer chlorhexidine which you can find under the name of Hibiclens in your local drug store.

Customer: replied 11 days ago.
Ok thank you, ***** ***** suggestions? She's an extremely outdoor cat
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 days ago.

Clean as recommended, let her go out, and then check the wound when she returns to see if it needs cleaning again. Cats are amazing in how quickly these wounds begin to contract closed. The more active she is, however, the less likely that the wound will stay closed!

Customer: replied 11 days ago.
I have a 12 week old puppy and a older cat, is there any chance they coukd catch something from yoko? Dr Google said there is a disease that causes this in cats?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 days ago.

No. There are no specific diseases that cause such wounds in cats nor is contagion a concern. I don't know what that "glue" represented, however, but it may have devitalized the skin to the point that you could easily remove it by pulling on it.

Customer: replied 11 days ago.
I actually kept the patch of skin , hair I pulled off, in hind sight it wasn't the hair I was feeling, it was the skin that had a crusty feel to it like a scab? This opening is huge, like size of a 50 cent piece.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 days ago.

It may well have been a scab over a previous wound that hadn't healed completely. Please have a 50 cent piece opening sutured or stapled closed. 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 9 days ago.
Hi,

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

Dr. Michael Salkin

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