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My cat has an infected claw on nd foot, any home remidies

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My cat has an infected claw on hind foot, any home remidies for that
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 year ago.


I am sorry to hear you are worried about Sonny. My name is Rebecca. I am a veterinarian and will do my best to help.

Did the claw get infected by being ingrown, or it is a normal claw.

If there is no wound, what do you see that makes you think it is infected? Can you post a picture of it?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
toes are swollen and claw is extended all the time not ingrown
Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 year ago.

All the toes are swollen, or just one? Can you post a picture?

Is he limping on that foot?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
not terrible but occasionally will shack the foot.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
shake not shack
Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 year ago.

It would help if I could see it. Can you post a picture? If this is an infection, he may need antibiotics, but it may not be an infection.

Are all the toes swollen, or just one?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It was 2 toes, now the whole foot. sorry I can't find him any where i the house, for pictures
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
pix of Sonnys foot
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Still waiting....
Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 year ago.

Thanks, ***** *****

This looks serious. If this were my own cat, and soaks and neosporin are not helping, I would be starting him on antibiotics, and I would be doing FNA, fine needle aspiration. fine needle aspiration. That means putting a thin needle into the bump, to get some cells from inside them, and looking at that under the microscope, to determine if this is actually an infection, or something more serious.

I might try a topical antibiotic called mupirocin, if the Neosporin is not helping.

If you are interested in home remedies, you have already tried them and his foot looks pretty bad to me. I would get him on antibiotics.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Can you prescribe antibiotics?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
otherwise, I'll just shoot him.
Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 year ago.

I am here to answer questions; I can't prescribe antibiotics. By law, only a veterinarian who has seen and examined him can do that; I can't break the law.

I am going to opt out; I don't want to work with some one who would shoot his own cat rather than treat him. I hope you are able to get help for him.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.