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It seems like my cat has an abscess - he was limping for a

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It seems like my cat has an abscess - he was limping for a few days and now his shoulder is quite swollen. I have a vet appointment but that is over 24 hours away. he is still eating/drinking but definitely lethargic. Am wondering if it is safe to wait for vet apt or if I should take him immediately to emergency vet.
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. John replied 10 months ago.

Hello. Thanks for writing in. My name is***** and I would be happy to help you. I am not set up to do phone calls but would be happy to answer any questions you do have online. If you get a request for a phone call, it is from the website and not myself. If he is eating and drinking, it most likely isn't an emergency, but if his eating or drinking drop off just a little bit, I would have him seen sooner. The biggest reason to take him now regardless of eating and drinking would be to get him more immediate pain relief and start feeling better sooner. While not common, an infection in the blood stream can occur. If that starts to happen, he will start looking a lot worse. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Hope this helps.

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Expert:  Dr. John replied 10 months ago.

Hello. I was just following up to see how your cat is doing and to see if you have any further questions.