Miliary Dermatitis in cats - McDowell's Herbal Treatments

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 term is used to describe a skin condition in cats that most commonly results from an allergic reaction...

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Feline miliary dermatitis has been known as 'scabby cat disease,' 'feline eczema,' and 'blotch.' The word 'miliary' is used because the lesions look somewhat like millet seeds.

The lesions are sometimes limited to small areas of the body like the base of the tail or the head. 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, there may be more damage to the skin because of the constant scratching and licking by the cat. The hard part is determining the cause of the problem. Sometimes, the location of the lesions is helpful. If the lesions are at the base of the tail, fleas are a common cause. If the lesions are around the head, there is a stronger possibility they could be caused by mites.

Symptoms of milary dermatitis

  • Red papules (bumps) usually found around the head, ears, neck, and back
  • Intense scratching, biting and licking the area
  • Hair thinning and/or loss

The causes include:

  • Allergies, e.g., food allergy, atopy - such as allergies to pollens, and fleas
  • Bacterial infections
  • Fungal infections
  • Yeast infections
  • Parasitic infections of the skin, e.g., mites, lice
  • Hypersensitivity to intestinal parasites
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Nutritional disorders e.g. biotin or fatty acid deficiencies
  • Hormonal abnormalities

McDowells recommendations

My recommendations for treatment are;

1. Start on the Miliary Dermatitis mix to remove the toxins that are causing the itchiness & symptoms you are seeing & also to reduce the allergic response.

2. Rub into the irritated skin the Miliary Dermatitis ointment to soothe irritation & address infection

3. Next treat as for fleas with a topical flea repellent like Frontline. It doesn't matter if you believe that your cat doesn't have fleas because if this is a flea allergy it will only take the bite of 1 flea to set off this uncomfortable process.

4. Supplement the diet with cold pressed hemp oil for the essential fatty acids it contains.

5. Apply colloidal silver to the irritated areas twice daily to prevent staph infection.

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