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  • My one-year-old cat's nose is scabbing, and the scabbing has spread to his mouth. What is this? Can it be treated with an over the counter pet cream?

    I recommend that you take him into see your veterinarian as soon as possible. The scabbing can be caused by an infection, allergy, or an underlying medical condition.

    With the area spreading especially to his mouth it is important that he be seen as soon as possible. The scabs may continue to spread or even cause other issues if they are not treated. Your veterinarian can talk to you more about the cause of the scabs after they have examined him. The treatment that he needs will depend on the underlying cause of the scabs. Your vet can recommend the treatment that will be best for him.

    I don’t recommend using any over the counter medications unless directed by your veterinarian.


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