Poor little Snowy. Don't worry she'll forgive you by tomorrow. You are right, getting her little paw healed up is far more important than the spaying. It is in a cat's genes to not show pain or illness. Here is a link to a Physical Exam Check List. http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&A=292&S=2 Notice they don't have a section for legs/paws. I wonder how many vets ever even look at a kitty's paws. Give her a special treat tonight. Sharyl
Lynne <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: Well I won't be taking Snowy in for spaying this coming week. I went to clip her nails tonight and noticed that there was a big lump on her right paw. When I touched it she meowed so I got her into the emergency vet. They told me I did nothing wrong that this had happened to her over a very long period of time. Her nail had grown into her skin, along with hair and they had to put her under and remove it. It had grown far into her pad and couldn't be removed easily. I don't get this. She had seen 2 vets prior to our getting her and no one noticed this. Now the poor little thing has to be on antibiotics (Clindamycin) and wear one of those horrible hood things so she won't lick her paw. She had a piece taken out of it and cauterized. I am so sorry for what this poor little dear has been through in her short life. I just hope all this trauma doesn't cause her herpes virus to resurface. The first thing the vet did when we got her there was to squirt eye wash into her eyes and she got all upset. I kind of yelled at him for doing that and asked why. He said she looks like she has allergies and I said "she's a persian their eyes tear". Fortunately there was a very knowledgeable technician present who seemed to know a lot more than this guy did. Lynne --------------------------------- Be a better friend, newshound, and know-it-all with Yahoo! Mobile. Try it now.