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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-16-2004, 04:53 AM Thread Starter
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I think Ashley's claws are infected..help!

Ok guys, I need some opinions......

Ashley has always had problems with her claws. The sheath, where the claw comes out of the paw, always appears to be infected. She gets dark black stuff around the base of her claws that appears to be some kind of puss or blood (gross, I know). Occaisonally it is green. She is CONSTANTLY biting and licking at her paws, which I think is aggravating whatever is going on. She has seen a vet about this several times, and they couldn't figure it out. Last time she went in, they said it was most likely some kind of allergy causing her to bite at them and get them all infected. But, they have no idea what kind of allergy it might be. She walks fine and only expresses discomfort when I clip her nails or try to look at them, which I did tonight, and they seemed worse than usual. She also has severe feline acne. Where do I start?? Do you think it is a food allergy? something else? She is indoors-only. I am at my wits end. I feel bad for her and want to get to the bottom of this, but I don't want to go back to the vet and have them say, well, it looks like some kind of allergy. Any thoughts? Thanks!!!!
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-16-2004, 09:59 PM Thread Starter
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Oh, and she is prone to having a stuffy nose, as well. She never has snot coming out of it, but she breathes much louder than Gaylord and often seems to be a bit congested.
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Did they give you any kind of medication or treatment to try on her poor claws? Sounds pretty bad - poor girl! Has she been tested for ringworm? I've heard that it can infect the claws as well as skin.

Has she always seen the same vet? You might want to look for a second opinion from someone new.

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She has seen several vets, and once took antibiotics for it..........ringworm??!!!!!!!! Oh lord. Don't cats with ringworm lose their hair?
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post #5 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-17-2004, 11:09 AM
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Infected claws are one symptom of ringworm ... as are bald patches. They don't lose ALL their fur (thank goodness!). Ringworm is a skin infection which can infect the nails, as well, so it might be worth asking your vet if that could be the problem.

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post #6 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-17-2004, 04:59 PM Thread Starter
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Oh my Lord........RINGWORM????!!!!!!!!!!

Anyone else have any thoughts on this?
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post #7 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-17-2004, 11:44 PM Thread Starter
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OK- I have done quite a bit of research on Ringworm today, and I really don't think that is her problem. Every website I checked out sad that it would be EXTREMELY rare for just her feet to be affected, she would have at least a FEW lesions on her body as well. Especially since this has been a chronic problem she has had for years. Also, there is almost no chance that if she had it for this long, that I would not have it by now. I have a suppressed immune system, and I catch EVERYTHING. I also called the vet, he agreed. So, if it is not Ringworm, what do you guys think?
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post #8 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-18-2004, 04:19 AM Thread Starter
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Dr. Jean? What do you think?
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post #9 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-18-2004, 02:31 PM
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I think a second opinion or a visit to a specialist (veterinary dermatologist) is what's needed here.

It could certainly be fungal. While ringworm is a fungus, there are many other fungi that can cause this problem, and they are very tough to get rid of.

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While this may not be the case...

We had a dog once that had an allergy to grass and at times her paws would become raw and infected because she chewed on them when she went out in the morning (dew on grass made things really hard on her).

While maybe not grass, perhaps it's an allergy?

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