Cat Foot Infections

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Cats' paws are subject to serious infection.
Cats' paws are subject to serious infection. (Image: cat paws image by Albert Lozano from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>)

Cats become wounded in a lot of ways including playing, fighting and simply going outdoors. These wounds may be minor or severe. Either way, they run the risk of developing an infection that endangers their health.

Symptoms

A cat with an infected paw may limp or favor the paw. The paw becomes red, swollen and warm. An infected paw may produce discharge or a foul odor.

Cause

Paw infections arise when bacteria enter an open wound on the paw and begin reproducing.

Diagnosis

Your veterinarian will perform a routine physical examination and examination of your cat's foot to determine the cause of the infection. For more severe infections, your vet may run blood tests.

Treatment

Treatment includes a thorough cleaning of the infected foot as well as topical antibiotic medication applied to the foot. Oral antibiotics may be used to fight the infection from the inside. Occasionally, surgery is required to remove severely infected areas.

Warning

Seek treatment for your cat's infected foot immediately, as the infection may spread to other parts of the cat's body. If the infection becomes too severe, it may necessitate removal of the infected foot or even result in the death of your cat.

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