Good day Dr. Marie,
I read one of your previous questions and answer about a dog with possibly a similar condition. My two year young out/in door male kat, Spooky (Spaz would have been a good name for him also), has had what looks like a black scab on part of his rectal sphincter for at least several weeks now (that I have noticed). He doesn't scoot across the carpet on his backside. Any ideas? If worm(s), what is the best Rx, and how often should he be treated? If not worms, should an outdoor cat still be periodically dewormed? How often? Thank you for your time, Tom Preston, Respiratory Practitioner
Dr. Marie replied:
Hi Tom. Is there any way you could get a picture of Spooky's anal area for me? While I can't give you an official diagnosis over the internet, a photo can help me on how to advise you.
I often will see cats that have a little black dot over each of their anal ducts and this might be what you are seeing.
This doesn't sound like a parasite issue. I do recommend regular deworming if he is outdoors, especially if he hunts mice. However, what you are seeing is very unlikely to be related to parasites.
If this was an anal sac impaction or infection it really should be bothering him.
If you are able to get a photo you can send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll see if I can comment some more!
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Ducts? Really? Why did God give Spooky more than one?
Spooky is shy. Where is the other? Tom
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Dr. Marie replied:
Sometimes a picture is better than words. I drew you a picture of what I am trying to describe:
Where the two tiny ducts empty from the anal sac (anal glands) there can often be a little black spot. Sometimes it is only seen on one side.
If this is what you are seeing then there is nothing to worry about.
Ontario? It's 5:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. What a company girl! Time to call it a day. Tell your boss I said so.
Dr. Marie replied:
This website is *my* baby. I mostly spend time on it when I am away from work. This is my busy time on the site!
Well, your baby is financial genius. Number 1 on Google Search. Good for you. I wonder if I could do this? I'm a hospital whistle blower, one year out of school (2002). I have tried everything I can think of inside and outside of medicine, and have been out of work since. I'd gladly wash dishes or scrub toilets, but I'm told I am under qualified, over qualified (49 years young)...
I can't give you a tip, other than Jackie Evancko. My parents and I saw her concert on P.B.S. last week. We cried through it. She is the voice of God, and is 10 years young. She sang a duet with Streisand's recording of Somewhere (West Side Story), that made Barbara sound average. She also sings a duet with Susan Boyle. I haven't heard that one.
Her selections on her album, Dream With Me, cover show tunes, opera, classical, pop... David Foster (Grammy Award winner 16 times, 3 for Producer of the Year) said, “I can say without a doubt that working with Jackie on Dream With Me was truly phenomenal. Her natural ability and the depth of her understanding of the musical process left me speechless. I think we have created a musical experience that will thrill audiences of every age. She was a pure joy to work with and I had a front row seat to one of the next great talents of our time." Amazon has some clips of her P.B.S. performance. Check them out. You will be amazed.
Her performance on America's Got Talent (they rejected her the first two times, saying she was too young) does not do her justice (in case that is the only internet hit you can find of her). Thanks again for your time, Tom
Dr. Marie replied:
You're very welcome Tom!
I've worked REALLY hard to get that number one spot---lots and lots of hours spent learning how to do it. It's not a financial genius just yet though. :)
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