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Q: Help! My cat has a sore on his lip!

September 30, 2011 | By Amy | 1 answer | Expired: 1163 days ago

Hi, I have a cat who's about 7 months old. He has this sore on his upper inner lip. It doesn't protrude, it is pinkish red and looks as if someone would cut off a thin layer or the skin of upper inner lip, making it raw and pink. When we brought him to the vet, he suggested we change his food and water bowl to either ceramic or metal. We got rid of the cheap plastic bowls and replaced them with nice ceramic bowls. The vet insisted this raw area was due to an allergic reaction to whatever plastic the bowls were made of. Well obviously it hasn't gotten better. It seems to have gotten larger. I'm getting worried. I've look online everywhere and can't find any information. It is not Eosinophilic Granuloma. Completely different. Thanks for any help and/or advice!

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Jillian
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Sep 30, 2011

Your vet suggested replacing the plastic bowls sort as a first line of defense. Basically, had it cleared after that you'd have saved a lot of money in tests that would have been pointless otherwise.

It's typical to need repeat visits to find a definitive answer. Veterinary medicine is still fairly new, especially when dealing with cats, so a symptom that can occur due to a variety of reasons will be harder to diagnose.

You can visit the site below for ideas on what may be causing this ulcer, but your best bet is to call your vet and let them know it's still there and that you need another appointment. You can request that they go after the cause more aggressively, but just know that will be the most expensive route.

www.fabcats.org/owners/mouth/info.html

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