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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Cat
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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I have just found my cat with this injury. It's his back foot

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I have just found my cat with this injury. It's his back foot - the fur is clean cut and he has lost the top layer of his skin. He has also potentially severed a tendon or ligament as there is no resistance in his back foot - it is completely floppy. Obviously he will be at the vets tomorrow first thing but has anyone ever seen any injury like this. Definitely not another animal that has inflicted it, far to clean
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Cat
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
The pad is intact underneath - his claws are intact
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I thought I was speaking to someone online
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. The wound is a deep abrasion as might occur if the paw were trapped under a moving tire or between two physical objects. I can't assess deeper injury such as a severed tendon or ligament but unless you can see a deep laceration extending down to a tendon or ligament, such an injury isn't likely. Coinago's vet will carefully palpate (feel) the entire limb and X-ray an area thought to be unstable. A floppy foot may have been fractured, dislocated, or both. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.