How to Diagnose and Treat Blood Blisters in Cats

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How to Diagnose and Treat Blood Blisters in Cats
How to Diagnose and Treat Blood Blisters in Cats

Blood blisters, also known as “false cysts,” are a type of skin hematoma in which blood collects under the skin, forming a lump or blister-shaped growth. While they are not common in cats, their presence is a cause for concern as they can be a symptom of trauma or other problems. Be prepared to deal with blood blisters. Know how to identify them, understand what are the common forms of treatment and seek the veterinarian.


Part 1 of 3: Identifying Blood Bubbles

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Step 1. Look for lumps

The most common symptom of blood blisters is bumps that appear under the skin. If your cat exhibits this, they should be investigated. When looking at the lumps, note that:

  • They are slightly protruding;
  • There are several lumps in the same location.
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Step 2. Note if the color is dark red

The dark red color is the main characteristic of the blisters, as blood is accumulated under them. If she looks like this, that's a great indication.

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Step 3. Know if the pussy is in pain

Large blisters or blisters in specific places can cause pain. However, be aware that not all are painful. Furthermore, they are not the only type of growth that can cause pain.

  • Notice if he feels pain when you touch the bubble.
  • Blisters in the neck and ears can cause considerable discomfort.
  • If they appear on the paw pads, the blisters can cause the pussy to limp.

Part 2 of 3: See a Vet

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Step 1. Schedule an appointment

As soon as you notice evidence of blood blisters, see a veterinarian. As he is a trained and experienced professional, he will be able to give an accurate diagnosis.

  • He will ask questions regarding the cat's history of blood blisters, trauma, and any other symptoms.
  • If you notice changes such as bleeding from the blister, tell your veterinarian.
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Step 2. Submit the animal to examinations

In order to reach a definitive diagnosis, it will be necessary to do some tests to find out if the lumps are blood bubbles, as well as their cause.

  • The veterinarian will biopsy the blister and submit the material for pathological analysis. This analysis will help to know if the bump is a blood bubble or some type of cancer, fungus or tumor.
  • It is possible that he will take a count of platelets (also known as thrombocytes) to see if the cat has any blood disorders.
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Step 3. Rule out the possibility of other illnesses

When diagnosing blood blisters, you need to make sure it's not a different disease with similar symptoms. This is very important as there are diseases that are much more dangerous.

Be aware that it is possible to confuse modular melanoma – a serious type of cancer that can kill – with blood blisters

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Step 4. Ask your veterinarian what the underlying causes of the blood blisters could be

The causes can be many and it is good to know how to identify and understand them. Among the most common are:

  • Excessive friction or pressure on any specific part of the cat's body. He may, for example, develop blisters under the collar;
  • A trauma to some part of the body;
  • Blood diseases.

Part 3 of 3: Treating Blood Blisters

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Step 1. Allow them to disappear on their own

Most of the time, they are slowly absorbed by the body. Even if they are ugly, the best thing to do is to follow the veterinarian's advice, letting them disappear on their own.

  • It can take between a month and a half for the blood bubbles to disappear.
  • Usually, the bulge fades away. Afterwards, the coloring returns to normal, also gradually
  • If your veterinarian advises you not to mess with the blisters, do so.
  • If your cat wants to lick them, you may need to buy an Elizabethan necklace at a pet store. This cone-shaped collar will prevent the cat from reaching with its mouth.
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Step 2. Drain the bubble

In some cases, the recommendation given by the professional will be to drain it. If that's the case, it will pierce the blister and let the blood – or any fluid present – ​​drain out.

  • Such a method may not work as the blister may refill with blood.
  • Your veterinarian may recommend this if the blister has not gone away within two months.

Step 3. Submit the blister for pathology testing

If the vet understands that there may be a serious problem, such as cancer, he or she will remove the blister for pathological tests to find out if there is something wrong with the cat. That way, the pussy can receive proper treatment if necessary.

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