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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 45 years of experience.
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Strange pinkish

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strange pinkish facial
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
My tuxedo cat (about 12 -14 years old) recently developed some pinkish facial spots. What are they?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
Aloha! You're speaking with Dr. Michael Salkin
Can you upload a photo of these spots 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.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I can't upload a photo until tomorrow.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
No worries. I'll watch for your next post.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I have the photo. Can't find the paperclip
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Here it is
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
Thank you! That affected skin can represent dermatophytosis (fungal infection/ringworm), demodicosis (Demodex mange mite), and, less likely, an autoimmune skin disorder (pemphigus). Miss Bella Luna's vet will need to perform a fungal culture on hairs from that skin lesion and skin scrapings in order to detect mange mites. The uncommon pemphigus is diagnosed by biopsying the skin. Please note that ringworm is zoonotic; in other words, you can contract that fungus and so it's best if Miss Bella Luna is attended to at your earliest convenience.
Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.