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My 15 year old cat recently got into a fight with an unknown

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My 15 year old cat recently got into a fight with an unknown animal. This was about a week ago. He seems to have gotten better, but about 2 days ago we notice the major "damage" from the fight. It was about a 1 inch cut on the underside of his neck. He's also been making a few funny sneezing type noises once in awhile, and has been hiding most of the day and night. The wound is still open, but doesn't seem to be infected. Since we noticed, we have been cleaning with bactine and water and layering neosporin and a bandage around his neck. I'm very low on money right now, so I'm wondering if this cut will definitely require veterinary care , or if it can heal on its own. I'd also like to know the urgency, as we unfortunately didn't even know about the cut until several days after the injury. Here are pictures from about 12 hours ago.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  petdrz replied 1 year ago.

Hello and thanks for trusting me to help you and your pet today. I am a licensed veterinarian with over 25 years experience and would be happy work with you.

Based on the picture that you have provided, I would tell you that this would looks pretty deep. Since the fight happened a week ago, it is most likely that this may have formed an abscess that ruptured open and that is why it was not noted right away until after it did. There appear to be healthy granulation tissue that is trying to form as it tries to heal from the inside out, but if this was an abscess, there can be a large pocket of dead space where the abscess was and there could be unhealthy tissue there that needs to be debrided or it will just allow adjacent tissue to become infected. It sounds as if you are doing a good job of keeping it clean, and it is possible that it could heal on it's own, but your best bet would be to at least have him examined and have the site evaluated to see if there is more infection underneath the skin. He may need to have that cleaned up or at the least allow it to close on it's own but get some antibiotics on board. That should be fairly inexpensive and if you ask for a prescription, many antibiotics are available at human pharmacies for a very low cost or free.

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I hope this is helpful. Please let me know if you have ANY other questions. My goal is to give you 100% satisfaction and if you are not yet satisfied, please reply so I can clarify for you.

Dr Z

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