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My cat went outside over the weekend and come home with a small part of his nose pad cut, it looked it another cat had scratched or bit him. Over the last few days, he has been licking his nose non-stop and it is getting bad to the point his nose pad is practically coming off and it is raw and red. He also has what looks like a small abscess on his lower lip, it ruptured yesterday night (there was a small bit of blood and pus), but it is completely back today. I think the infection on his lip is making his nose worse. I took him to a 24 hour emergency vet and they gave us some amoxicilin, and said to wait a few days. If not, the doctor said it might be a herpes virus or calicivirus but im not quite sure.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. Is your cat bleeding a lot?

There's no blood coming from his mouth or nose, except for when the abscess popped last night. He's sleeping and very lethargic.

Veterinarian's Assistant: What is the cat's name and age?

His name is ***** ***** he is 5 years old

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Panda?

About 2 years ago, he had a reoccurring large abscess on his chest that needed to be lanced and surgically repaired to cure but that's about it. I dont know if that helps or not.

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Cat Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 2 months ago
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Cat Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 2 months ago

Has the nose improved or worsened since starting the amoxi?

Is he eating and drinking well?

Did they clip, clean and drain the abscess on the chin or just prescribe the antibiotic?

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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
Hello, thank you for your help.They did not drain the abscess since they were not sure if it is an abscess or not, but they did agree there is an infection of some sort, so they prescribed the antibiotic.
His nose looks less infected since starting the amoxi, and the part where it started looks like it is scabbing over, but some more nose pad is coming off towards the top. So some of his nose looks like it is healing where some newer areas look fresh.
As for his eating and drinking, he is still eating/drinking but less than usual.
Cat Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 2 months ago

Certainly.

The pad of the nose (just like the pads of the feet) can take a long time to heal. Not only will the tissue from the cut need to heal but the scab will then need to fall off and the skin fully regrow. If you're seeing improvements, I would not be too concerned at this stage. However, if this persists, your vet may want to perform additional diagnostics like a biopsy of the tissue to ensure that this is not a presentation of an immune mediated disorder.

You can clean the suspect abscess area with soap and water 2x daily and apply a thin layer of regular Neosporin once it's dry. This should help express any material from the wound if it's actually an abscess. If this keeps draining and filling, your vet needs to approach it surgically just like the abscess from 2 years ago. Unfortunately, this is common with cats who endure cat fights. Bacterial from the teeth and claws of other cats can be horrendous when it comes to causing abscesses on other animals.

I would also work on giving him softer foods (canned food or kibble that's been moistened) to see if this helps improve his appetite. You can also use pureed baby food in chicken, turkey and similar flavors. Avoid those that contain onion or garlic in the ingredient panel.

Typically herpes/calici cause ulcerations but not infections. So, if this area is actually producing pus I would expect that it's neither virus that is causing the problem. Such ulcers are usually present in the mouth or along the lip line.

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