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My 14 yr. old cat has a large bald spot with open sores on

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my 14 yr. old cat has a large bald spot with open sores on his side. he is also losing fur. this condition was treated by a vet with steroids and antibiotics without success and a large vet bill. he is otherwise healthy and eats, sleeps, plays and doesn't appear to be in any discomfort. what can be done. I've tried a few naturopathic liquids without success.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Camille-Mod replied 2 years ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
Aloha! You're speaking with Dr. Michael Salkin
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Can you upload a photo of this spot to our conversation? You can use the paperclip icon in the toolbar above your message box (not if you're using the chrome browser) or you can use an external app such as or I can be more accurate for you if I can see what you're seeing.
What was diagnosed by Percy's vet? The skin lesion sounds like a chronic bite wound abscess that needs to be surgically addressed in addition to systemic antibiotic therapy. Steroids would be contraindicated in such a case. If a bite wound abscess has been ruled out, rarer conditions such as a fungus or skin cancer (lymphoma, e.g.) should be considered and in those cases cultures and skin biopsies might be necessary to confirm such conditions.