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Welcome to the “Worry Wart Club”! Yep, that’s what we all do really eell around here! If it’s a hiccup, a burp, or a twitch, we go bonkers with worry!

Okay, a couple of deep breaths. Let’s refocus on what you would jave thought before this journey began. You may have thought…hmm….an abcess perhaps from ingrown hairs, or some u seen scrape that got a bit infected and is now showing up, or maybeeven a urine burn from the early days of recovering.

The reality is, with all his “army crawling” around on the floor it is highly likely that it is one of the above! Im certainly no vet, but it does seem that a visit from the house call vet is more in order than the ER clinic, especially since Progo hates going to the vet!

A d that moise is pretty stupid! Progo’s just waiting to catch him by surprise. Run mouse, run!

Let us know what the house vet says. It really is amazing that this senior kitty jas been doing so well, slowly but surely. And maybe while you are ho e, you can at least leave the collor off then.

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benny55 said

Okay, a couple of deep breaths. Let’s refocus on what you would jave thought before this journey began. You may have thought…hmm….an abcess perhaps from ingrown hairs, or some u seen scrape that got a bit infected and is now showing up, or maybeeven a urine burn from the early days of recovering.

The reality is, with all his “army crawling” around on the floor it is highly likely that it is one of the above! Im certainly no vet, but it does seem that a visit from the house call vet is more in order than the ER clinic, especially since Progo hates going to the vet!

Thanks SO much for your reply. I’m spinning out a little bit over here, anxious and not sure what to do, so your words are helpful. But I have to say, that because I’ve never seen anything like this before, I do think this sore would have thrown me for a loop even without our cancer journey. The sore really looks odd and disturbing to me. I’ve never seen an abscess in person, and I’m not sure if that’s what this is. Google image search isn’t really helping lower my anxiety, either, so I’ve stopped that! way-confused 

The only issues we’ve had with our cat in 16 years (before this) has been a urinary blockage, a strange head “wart” that went away, and an itchy neck (from a dry food we’d tried). Other than that, he’s been unremarkable, health-wise. This has been so much in so short a time. 

Unfortunately, the house call vet isn’t available until Monday or Tuesday. She’s out of town. Her receptionist is going to check with her and let us know when she could see him and whether she thinks he should be seen sooner.  UPDATE: she said I could email her photos, so I’ve done that. Going to go take a shower and do some deep breathing. Thanks again for the kindness.

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18 December 2015 - 9:52 am
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Good idea about emailing the photo. I can tell you that abcesses are ugly, angry looking things!

A other idea…hop over to Ask A Vet forum a d lost a picture there. You may get some insight there.

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Sally gives such great advice. After going through what you have it’s important to fuss about the little things to ensure they don’t get bigger.

I know what an abscess looks like. Generally they are a lump that grows with the infection under the skin and then explodes and smells from the infection escaping. When pressed it usually hurts. Until you hear back from the vet you can put a warm/hot compress on the site to help bring out the infection if it is that. Polysporin antibiotic can be put on the site. I’ve dealt with many abscesses this way before they get out of hand (growing and the cat ends up with a fever and is lethargic).

Frankly I don’t know why your cat would have an infection. The vet should have picked that up when the stitches were taken out. But it is obviously bothering you cat. I’m wondering if the sore spot in the middle was a site where there was a staple or stitch. I don’t know why they put them there but my cat had one or two that were not in the incision line. Do you think it’s something similar? Here’s a photo of Mona’s extra staple highlighted, incision is to the left, belly to the right, nipple down below:

Hope you find out the problem soon.

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The housecall vet agrees it looks infected but is not sure what it is. Waiting for a call or email back from the surgeon about whether they saw anything when taking the stitches out. I sent them the photos, too. Kerren, it is VERY far from the incision site and I can’t imagine there were any staples or stitches that far away, but perhaps that could be it. I put a clean, warm wet washcloth up against his belly. Figured it can’t hurt. It definitely hurts him. He growled (I had put the cone back on more to keep me safe than to keep him from licking it, in case he tried to bite defensively), but he didn’t move away from the washcloth. Thanks for the idea. Poor kitty.

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I’m so sorry you guys are having such a rough recovery.  I can’t really add anything and I’m sorry if you’ve already said this but is your kitty still on antibiotics?  At one point in Maxs recovery he was switched to a more broader spectrum one.  Something to maybe ask about?  You are so on top of everything with your sweet kitty.  I have to applaud you for the wonderful job you are doing!  Hopefully things will get better for both of you shortly I’m sending healing vibes your way in great numbers!

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I’m so sorry you guys are having such a rough recovery.  I can’t really add anything and I’m sorry if you’ve already said this but is your kitty still on antibiotics?  At one point in Maxs recovery he was switched to a more broader spectrum one.  Something to maybe ask about?  You are so on top of everything with your sweet kitty.  I have to applaud you for the wonderful job you are doing!  Hopefully things will get better for both of you shortly I’m sending healing vibes your way in great numbers!

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Linda & Max

He was on antibiotics for about a week or 10 days…and now he is again, starting today. Our housecall vet had me pick some up from her office staff this afternoon. We’ll try that for 7 days and she’ll come to follow up as soon as she is back and can fit him in. Whew. 

Thanks again, everyone. It helps to have “company.”

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Maybe restarting the antibiotic will be just the thing Progo needs to get over the hump for you!  Fingers crossed.  

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Thanks. Fingers crossed here, too. 🙂

Can I also share this photo my 4.5 year old drew of Progo? His tongue is out because “he wants to lick himself so much.”

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Children have such insight and clarity along with simplicity.   Too sweet!

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What a good drawing! With a cone even. Tell your 4.5 year old “Good job! You are a great drawer.”

I saw the photo of the wound at your other posting. It was not how I imagined it. I haven’t seen one those myself but I’m sure vets have. I hope the antibiotics help until the vet has a chance to look at him. Recently another cat seemed to have an infection in the incision (Hattie’s cat I think) and got an antibiotic injection.

I’m wondering if your cat’s immune system could be somewhat compromised with the cancer, amputation, medications, etc. Just a thought when you talk to the vet.

Other than this setback, how is Hattie’s mobility?

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…it looks infected but is not sure what it is.

Wyatt has had three mysterious lumps. One ended up just being an ingrown hair. But another was a piece of bone wax used during his amputation that had dislodged and worked it’s way out. Another was a fistulous tract of unknown origin that took weeks of antibiotics to address.

And then there is this:

Amputation Surgery Suture Reaction in Dogs (Description of amputation surgery site suture reactions in dogs.) You can search all blogs here for more results.

Good luck! Please keep us posted.

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Eesh, sorry to read about further complication in Progo’s recovery. When Jerry wouldn’t stop itching his scabs raw, I brought him into another vet for a second opinion (and possible acupuncture treatment). She found he didn’t have phantom pain (in her opinion), but was suffering from a bacterial and yeast infection and that was what was causing the itching. She gave him an antibiotic injection and a spray and some cream to put on twice per day. The sore areas/scabs look a bit better, but he is still very itchy. He has somehow pulled out every bit of his hair in a new patch the size of a baseball. I’m at my wit’s end.

Hoping your on call vet can see Progo soon and that he (and you) get some relief soon!

Hattie & Jerry

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Hattie and Jerry Cat (right front leg and scapula amputation due to chondrosarcoma at age 14, lived 2 1/2 years post amputation, succumbed suddenly to suspected lymphoma at age 16)

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Neuromancer and Hattie/Jerry,

One thing I’ve been researching recently is the use of medical honey (such as Manuka honey from New Zealand). “The healing property of honey is due to the fact that it offers antibacterial activity, maintains a moist wound condition, and its high viscosity helps to provide a protective barrier to prevent infection.”

Here’s a blog: http://nutritio…..al-wounds/

Here’s an article with an example of use on a cat: http://healthyp…..honey.aspx

I feel bad for both of you. Just another thing to deal with after the stress of an amputation. I hope you find a solution soon.

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Awesome pawesome Kerren, thanks for bringing that up!

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