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feline baldness
ladymera1 posted:
My otherwise healthy 7 year old male cat developed a small bald patch near his ear. No redness or wound. He doesn't seem to have any discomfort. How concerning is this?
Sandy Willis, DVM, DACVIM responded:
Sometimes kitties develop less than normal amounts of fur in the area in front of the ear. Looking closely for redness and a wound, and observing for an scratching of the area is important. It may be a site of an old wound or some nonspecific hair loss. Keep an eye on it and if it gets bigger, I would see your veterinarian to so some skin scrapes and make sure it isn't a subtle skin parasitism. If it stays the same in size and lack of redness, we may not be able to explain it but likely won't need to treat it. Owners' careful examination of their pets for little signs such as this, lumps and bumps, etc can be so important to finding significant problems early on. Thanks. Sandy


William Draper, DVM, better known as "Dr. Will," is a well-known small animal practitioner in the Atlanta, GA area. He grew up in Inglewood,...More

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