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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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My cat has a fleshy growth on her toe past few months it

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Customer: my cat has a fleshy growth on her toe for the past few months it doesnt seem to bother her but wont go away. we thought she hooked her nail in dogs collar and ripped the nail. its about the size of a pearl. no oozing but was somewhat bleeding towards the beginning
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Can you upload a close-up photo(s) of this growth to our conversation? You can use the paperclip icon in the toolbar above your message box (if you can see the icon) or you can use an external app such as I can be more accurate for you if I can see what you're seeing. How old is your cat, please?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
she is 5
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Thank you! This growth isn't related to a traumatic event but, instead, is neoplastic (cancerous). Its location on a cat - the toe - is strongly suggestive of squamous cell carcinoma. I can't confirm such a diagnosis without biopsying it but Olivia's vet is likely to recommend removing it - perhaps by amputating the distal portion of Olivia's toe - and then biopsying the removed portion of the toe. If squamous cell carcinoma is, indeed, found, Olivia's prognosis would be very good as long as it were completely excised. This cancer is unlikely to metastasize to distant sites.

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