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Today I’m thankful that I get to give you an update on my pink paw pads. I don’t know if you remember or not, but some of you commented about my nice pink paw pads. I did appreciate the compliment lots, but my paw pads have always been black. So, I ended up on antibiotics for two months.
We have such a nice Cat Only Vet and she knows how much I hate the car. When my paw pad issue came front and center our Vet did a virtual appointment with me. That’s how we came to the diagnosis of Pillow Paws (pododermatitis). However, after a week I had a bad reaction to the antibiotic (doxycycline). I started throwing up and last Friday I threw up 10 times in the morning.
You might have guessed it, into the car and to the Vet we went. When she got an up close and purrsonal look at my paw pads she said those weren’t pillow paws at all, they would be really swollen. Instead I have Vitiligo, the harmless variety. I was told to stop the antibiotic, had some fluids and a B12 shot. I sure feel better now. In case you are curious:
Vitiligo is a condition that causes the skin to lose its pigment. The main characteristic of vitiligo is lightened skin color. If your cat’s black paw pads turn pink, your cat may have acrofacial vitiligo. While uncommon, it is one of the reasons why dark cat paw pads can turn a lighter color.
Vitiligo, by itself, will not harm your cat. It is purely cosmetic and will not cause any pain. However, vitiligo can sometimes be caused by other medical conditions that are very painful. Since my blood work and other vitals are good I have the harmless variety.
Will I get my black paw pads back? Probably not, but that’s okay. I’m thankful to have such a good Vet and I’m thankful to be feeling so much better. So, what are you thankful for today? Tell us in the comments and then join us for our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.