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Would it be possible to send me some photos of her skin? you can attach it directly to this chat using the paper clip sign.
I have a few more questions:
Thank you for the photos. I suspect military dermatitis, which can be caused by a few different things. I have also listed some other causes which are not that common too.
Lots of things could cause skin lesions like this- scabs along her back, such as:
1. Miliary dermatitis
2. Skin infection
3. Parasites: mites, lice
4. Nutritional deficiencies
5. Infectious and immune-mediated diseases.
Has she had any changes in her diet int he last few months? A new brand?
I would recommend:
1. Apply a good quality anti flea treatment. Frontline or Advantage spot on (available without prescription from vet clinic or pet shop) or Advocate (if you wanted fleas, worms, mites etc but only from vet clinics). Repeat in 4 weeks. Even if she does not go outside, she may have gotten one flea bite to cause an allergic reaction like this.
Fleas are small, black, fast moving insects, in some cats live fleas are seldom seen on cats, due to their fastidious grooming habits. Even one bite can cause an allergic reaction causing this miliary dermatitis in some cats.
If this is not improving her symptoms then I would recommend a vet visit as she may need some anti-inflammatory medication to reduce itch/allergic reaction,some cats require antibiotics if the spots/pustules are sore/red/spreading.
After you apply the spot on then you wont be able to bathe her (not that cats need a bath usually but just to warn you,as it reduces the effectiveness of the spot on).
But you can gently bathe the pustules/spots with saline (add 1 teaspoon of salt to 250ml of water and dab them clean once daily). You can apply an antiseptic wound cream to them, but cats are likely to lick this off which can make them feel sick, unless they wear a buster collar.
Usually within 2-3 days of the anti-flea spot on I would expect to notice an improvement, but it can take 1-2 weeks for spots to disappear and hair to fully grow back.
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Miliary* dermatitis (not military, just seen my computer auto corrected it earlier)
No problem at all. Hope she is feeling better soon, this condition often makes them feel a bit lethargic.