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Dr Scott Nimmo, Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon.
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My 11 year old Bengal cat has had very small scabs and some

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My 11 year old Bengal cat has had very small scabs and some tiny specks of black under his chin off and on for about 2 months He doesn't scratch them and is treated with Fipronil every month but they are still there. The rest of his coat looks clean and healthy. I initially thought they were cat food sticking to his chin but on closer investigation realised this wasn't the case. Please can you advise. Many thanks nona Rushbrook

Scott Nimmo :

Hello and welcome. My name is XXXXX XXXXX I am an experienced small animal veterinary surgeon, I will be very pleased to work with you today and will try my best to answer your question to your satisfaction.

Scott Nimmo :

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Does it look a bit like this ?

Customer: Yes but he has bigger marks a well. Shall I send you a photo?
Scott Nimmo :

Well I think I know what we are dealing with, please send the photo though ...

Scott Nimmo :

I will send a bit of info while we are waiting for your photo ...

Customer: Hi my name isXXXXX owner for forty years! Yes it does sometimes but several larger marks and one or two scabs. I can send a photo
Scott Nimmo :

I wonder if we are not dealing with a disease called cat acne ...

Scott Nimmo :

Cat acne is not a serious disease and does not bother the cats much but it is unsightly sometimes.

Scott Nimmo :

My usual treatment approach would be :

Scott Nimmo :

1. Mild cases require no treatment except perhaps a cleansing shampoo, apply this with a soft nail brush, do not hurt the cat of course but be quite vigorous with it. A suitable wash would be dilute hibiscrub diluted 1 : 4 . { this is an over the counter product } Do this daily until you start to see a response and then gradually tail it off.

2. More severe cases would benefit from an antibacterial/anti-malassezia wash twice a week, a suitable product I have used would Malaseb, this is a prescription product.

3. Some severe cases should be on antibiotics, perhaps long term like human acne sufferers. I tend to prescribe oxytet 50 mg one twice a day, initially for a week but I have used it for up to six weeks at a time.

Scott Nimmo :

Cat acne is a condition which responds well to treatment as long as you are persistent but recurrence is likely in some cases.

Customer: Ok can I email hitherto photo if so what address? His chin is normally cream! The scabs bleed if picked at
Customer: I have hibiscrub and malaseb ( I think I have had this for treating ring worm on horses )
Scott Nimmo :

Can you post the link to the photo here? At present I am not allowed to e-mail you. It's great you already have hibiscrub and malaseb though.

Customer: Ok I'll try
Customer: iPad won't give me that option. But the skin has darkened and he seems to have larger marks (scars?)
Scott Nimmo :

feline acne
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More like this one?

Customer: Might be handy to set up a general email service for the online practice which could be filtered and passed on to appropriate vet as needed Like a customer services email address
Scott Nimmo :

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Customer: Yes though he has the tiny black bits along his jaw as well
Scott Nimmo :

I agree that would be very handy, in fact it is scheduled to start sometime over the next two weeks

Customer: Not so dark but more discoloured one side than the other with darker patches
Scott Nimmo :

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Scott Nimmo :

It is actually quite a variable disease in appearance and it can com eand go abit as well

Customer: Not as bad or dark as the last image
Scott Nimmo :

Most skin lesions in the chin area of cats end up with a cat acne diagnosis ...

Customer: Ok seems likely then. His appearance is More like the second image
Customer: I'll give hibiscrub a go first and save malaseb for later if it doesn't improve
Customer: many thanks
Scott Nimmo :

Have a go with the hibiscrub and malaseb, I bet it makes a difference and in any case there is little chance of this making things worse ...

Scott Nimmo :

No problem, glad to have advised you ...

Customer: That's what I hoped but having lost a cat last week to months long disease I was reluctant to take this one to the vet as he is a bit traumatised anxious and lonely at present. Many thanks
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Hello again ,

Just a short note to thank you very much for the good rating, this is very much appreciated. I will get back in touch with you in a couple of weeks to check on your cat's progress, and I should also be about for the next couple of hours so get straight back to me if things change and you want to talk things over further.

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