My cat have allergies?
I have a cat who for the past year or so has be dealing with allergies. She becomes scabby around her head and nouns and on her rear near her tail. I have taken her to the vet at least possible six or seven times and they always give her steroids, which are not working. I only just paid $200 to have an allergy test done on her to see precisely what she is allergic to, but I am wondering if anyone else has had this problem and what the allergy be? We tried food and that wasn't the problem. Is there something I am missing. We are doing everything we can.
My cat has seasonal allergies and gets sneezy and runny-eyed. I give him Benadryl below vet supervision and run an air purifier for him. His symptoms have cleared remarkably. What did the test say-so he's allergic to?
I'm calling my vet tomorrow to get him in. He does have chronic bronchitis, but never have this problem of little scabs on the neck before and I'm so concerned.
I know this doesn't answer your question, but looking forward to seeing others' answers and whether I find out what my vet says it is, I'll let you know!
NEW TODAY: Took my cat to the vet with the scabs around the d¨Ścolletage and head and it's Feline Miliary Dermatitis. He is now on steroids (pill form) to see if that help. Below is information I found about it, although my cat did not derive it from fleas, but rather from allergies. I know you said the steroids didn't work for your cat - I saw a lot of other types of dermatitis surrounded by my Home Cat Veterinary Handbook as well. If you have that book, check them out!
Feline miliary dermatitis has be known as 'scabby cat disease,' 'feline eczema,' and 'blotch.' The word 'miliary' is used because the lesions look somewhat resembling millet seeds. 'Feline' is the scientific word for cat and 'dermatitis' means 'skin inflammation.'
What cause feline miliary dermatitis?
Feline miliary dermatitis is not really a specific disease itself but a set of symptoms which can be caused by a vast number of diseases. The cause include:
Allergies, e.g., food allergies, atopy - such as allergies to pollens, and flea allergies
Parasitic infections of the skin, e.g., mites, lice
Hypersensitivity to intestinal parasites
Nutritional disorders e.g., biotin or fatty acid deficiencies
What are the signs of feline miliary dermatitis?
The lesions of elegant miliary dermatitis are multiple small, crusty bumps with redness underneath. The lesions are sometimes constrained to small areas of the body like the base of the tail (where the tail meets the body) or the come first. In other cases, the lesions can cover a large portion of the body. Many times the lesions are itchy, sometimes severely so. In these cases, within may be more severe damage to the skin because of the constant scratching and licking by the cat.
How is sly miliary dermatitis diagnosed?
Usually the veterinarian can diagnose feline miliary dermatitis by simply examining the cat. The hard part is determining the explanation of the problem. Sometimes, the location of the lesions is helpful. If the lesions are at the underneath of the tail, fleas are a common cause. If the lesions are around the come first, there is a stronger possibility they could be caused by mites. The veterinarian will bestow the cat a complete physical and obtain a complete history from you. Your input is markedly important in attempting to find the cause of the problem.
The veterinarian will use a flea comb and vigilant examination to determine if the cat has fleas, the most adjectives cause of miliary dermatitis. In addition to fleas, flea dirt (feces) may be found on the cat. The feces, or flea dirt will dissolve into a red color when moistened; this is because it is primarily digested blood.
The hair is examined for the presence of lice, and skin scrapings are perform to look for mites. (A skin scraping is performed by scratching the skin near a dull scalpel blade, placing the resulting material on a microscope slide, and examining it under a microscope.) Your veterinarian may also press some clear cellophane cartridge on the skin of the cat and examine that microscopically for mites.
Some hairs may be removed from the cat and cultured in the laboratory for ringworm (a fungus). It generally take 10-14 days for the fungus to grow enough to identify it.
A fecal exam will be performed to determine if the cat have any intestinal parasites.
If a food allergy is suspected, the cat will be given a food trial. To perform a food trial, the cat is placed on a special food, generally merely available through your veterinarian, for 2-3 months. If the condition improves, we put the cat back on her usual food. If she worsens, then we know it is the food that is to say causing the problem, and we put her back on a special diet that does not contain the problem ingredients. During the food trial, it is absolutely vital that the cat receives no treats or other food.
If all of the above tests are commonplace, further testing and measuring the response to antibiotic and/or steroid treatment may be done to determine if the cat have an allergy or bacterial infection. An additional procedure that could be performed is a skin biopsy.
How is feline miliary dermatitis treated?
The treatment for sly miliary dermatitis depends on the cause. If the cat is on medication for other conditions, the medication will be stopped, if possible, to rule out the possibility of a drug counterattack causing the dermatitis.
Fleas, lice, and some mites could be treated with a product containing pyrethrin. In addition, the environment should be treated as constituent of the flea control. Injections and special dips may be used for the other types of mites.
Ringworm would be treated with oral and topical medications containing a fungicide, and again the environment would need to be treated.
If intestinal lice are found, the appropriate medication will be given.
If it is found that the cat is allergic to certain foods, the diet will be changed to eliminate those foods. The cat will need to be on that diet for the rest of its time.
If bacteria or yeast are causing the feline miliary dermatitis, antibiotics or antifungal medication would be given, and the cat may be bathed in special shampoos.
If the cat is scratching or the cause of the dermatitis is an autoimmune or allergy problem, steroids close to prednisone are usually given. The cat may need to be on a high dose at first, and next it can be tapered down. Additional treatment for allergies can include antihistamines, fatty acid supplements as described below, and baths or sprays. Additional testing can be done to determine what the cat is allergic to and consequently 'desensitize' the cat with regular injections.
A fatty acid supplement is often recommended as module of the treatment. In addition, extra biotin may be added to the cat's diet.
So I'm getting back to you because I said I would and I'm hoping the steroids will work for my cat, and I'm hoping your Vet information out and gets proper treatment for your cat very soon!! Happy Holidays!! :-D