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What is miliary dermatitis?
There are a variety of skin conditions that cats can be susceptible to and many of the causes behind these skin woes stem from allergies. One skin issue that is common among cats is miliary dermatitis. This condition typically starts off as an inflamed scab on the felines' skin that feels like seeds if you rub your hands over it. The crust and scabs can show up anywhere on the cat's body, though it is commonly found around its neck and head.
Causes of miliary dermatitis
Miliary dermatitis is most frequently a secondary symptom that stems from the cat having allergies. Cats can be allergic to their pet food, environmental changes like pollen or dust or flea bites. Many felines and canines are allergic not to fleas themselves, by to the fleas' saliva. If you notice any scabs on your feline's skin, you should bring it into the vet's office for a complete physical.
Diagnosing miliary dermatitis
Once at the vet's office, he or she will likely ask you when you noticed the scabs, how long they've been there and if they've moved to different parts of the cat's body. The vet may then check for signs of fleas using a flea comb and might ask you if the feline is currently on flea and tick preventative pet drugs. The vet may also ask you what type of pet food the cat is on and if there is any pattern as to when the scabs appear. All of these questions can help the vet make a proper diagnosis.
Treating the skin condition
Treatment plans for clearing up miliary dermatitis will differ depending on the root cause of the skin problem. However, in most instances the vet will start the feline on antihistamines like Prednisone to curb the itch and inflammation caused by the allergy. If the issue is a flea infestation, the vet will have you start the cat on preventative medication like Frontline Plus, Revolution or Pet Armor to prevent future problems. If the issue is a food allergy, the vet may recommend you start the cat on a simple and organic wet food like Wellness Canned Cat Food that contains lean meats and no preservatives or artificial colors. This brand may help soothe your pet's food allergy, reducing
miliary dermatitis as well.