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can someone help im fed up and sure my cat is too

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alisha29 Tue 09-Jun-09 17:34:41

i have to go to the vets for the fourth time in 2 months she has a skin condition she gets scabs and scratches them then has gapping holes in her face had antibo and steriod but they still keep appearing in different places all over her face they look so sore what do i do? i keep taking her the vets but all they give her are antibo and it keeps happening i dont know what to do!!! if anyone has any advice ill be so gratefull

whooosh Tue 09-Jun-09 17:39:51

My darling cat had something similar and he needed the anti-b's to clear any infection and then he ended up on steroids for the rest of his life to keep the inflamation and itching at bay.WHenever I tried to weant him off,it all came back again.
There is a risk of liver damage with long term use of steroids but foirtunately my vet agreed that quality of life was more important than length of life.

He made it to 8 which given his condition wasn't too bad.

Before the steroids,I did try evening primrose oil which seemed to help a bit.

Good luck-how old is the cat?

alisha29 Tue 09-Jun-09 17:58:44

she only give her the course for a week and i have to take her back again its awfull i feel helpless so sorry to here your cat had it too

alisha29 Tue 09-Jun-09 17:59:16

shes not even one yet

alisha29 Tue 09-Jun-09 18:00:34

sorry what do you mean do they die from this condition????

whooosh Tue 09-Jun-09 18:05:42

No they don't die from the condition-and it may well not be the same as poor Colin had so please don't worry.

We just got to a point (after nearly 8yrs) hat the steroids didn't really help any more and it was so sad to see him in such a mess (legs red raw and oozing) that we decided that the kindest thing was to have him pts.
However,he had a great 8yrs and I still miss him.
The breeder we got him from couldn't believe we were happy to take him on.....we loved him though.

alisha29 Tue 09-Jun-09 18:35:43

oh no thats awful its terrible to see the ones you love in pain im so sorrysad

whooosh Tue 09-Jun-09 19:58:00

Trust me,he was incredibly pamperred and very loved.It broke my heart to come to the decision (with the vet who came to our house to do the deed)but it was best for him.

He was a fab little cat and I know,however sad it was for us,we gave him a great life.

wish you the best of luck with yours...they are part of the family after all.

beautifulgirls Tue 09-Jun-09 20:10:01

Alisha - it sounds like there are probably allergies involved here. I would ask your vet to refer you to a veterinary dermatologist instead of keep medicating, unless of course your vet is comfortable and happy to start undertaking proper investigations into the reasons this is happening. There are lots of things can be done to help many patients like this but unless they can pinpoint what is happening sadly the medicate...flare up...medicate cycle will probably continue.

alisha29 Tue 09-Jun-09 20:20:58

my son has ezcema and sees a dermatoligist surely i cant be that unluckyhmm

alisha29 Tue 09-Jun-09 20:23:29

there has been no mention of any further investigations to just antibo and sudacream hmm

whooosh Tue 09-Jun-09 22:17:58

We did get Colin seen by a specialist and he had skin scrapes to see exactly what was going on.
Can't actually remember the results,other than aggravated dermatitis and all that helped was the steroids.

Really wish you all the very best.

alisha29 Tue 09-Jun-09 22:21:51

thankyou very much you to whooosh smile sein vet friday so i will put it to her

ClaireDeLoon Tue 09-Jun-09 22:31:19

My cat has a flea allergy - even one bit and he pulls his fur out and gets scabby. Not as bad as you describe no open wounds.

With regard to longterm steroids he has been on these (medrone) for the 8 years I have had him. He is now 18, he has kidney disease (not related to the steroids as far as I am aware) so is very thin but otehrwise bright as a button.

Have a look at the Dene's healthcare range - they sell some of it in pets at home. I found teh garlic capsules helped (natural flea repellent but I appreciate that may not be your problem) plus the itchy skin lotion.

alisha29 Tue 09-Jun-09 22:39:34

been treated for fleas vet checked ill have a look at itchy skin lotion i feel for her she looks so sad and i feel helpless

whooosh Tue 09-Jun-09 22:48:59

Oh bless her. I do know how you feel-really push your vet-you are paying them after all and it is their duty to ease animals' suffering. Poor puss.

ClaireDeLoon Tue 09-Jun-09 22:51:36

It's awful, I used to get so upset at my Harry pulling his fur out and his red raw skin. Good luck.

alisha29 Tue 09-Jun-09 22:54:51

hes agood age isnt he got any pics on your profile of him. thanks for you replys and kindnesssmile

ClaireDeLoon Tue 09-Jun-09 23:19:50

My profile pic is my two younger boys playing, not my old boy. I forgot that pic was there!

alisha29 Thu 11-Jun-09 00:01:15

your tabby looks like my older cat who passed away just over a month agosad they are gourgeoussmile

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