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Feline military dermatitis

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JenLindleyShitMom Fri 28-Oct-16 22:04:30

DCat is 2.5, over the past 2 weeks his skin has suddenly exploded into lots of tiny scabs and his hair was thinning so had him at the vet today who has diagnosed military eczema/dermatitis. He said it's usually an allergic reaction to fleas but DCat was up to date with his flea prevention and vet said there was no trace of any fleas or flea poo on him so he isn't convinced that's what it is. He said he has it for life now and there will be flare ups from time to time. He gave him an injection (but of course now I can't remember what it was!) and tablets to take starting tomorrow for 3 days.

1st question: how the fuck do I get the tablets into him? He wouldn't eat a crushed up wormer tablet in his food.

2nd question: does anyone have experience of this condition and is there anything I can do to prevent flare ups? I know cats generally can't have essential oils, is there something else I can bathe him with to keep his skin in good nick?

3rd question: I have no pet insurance currently. Is it time to get a plan or isn't this condition going to make it more expensive than the vet fees will cost?

JenLindleyShitMom Fri 28-Oct-16 22:05:04

Not military! miliary blush

Wolfiefan Fri 28-Oct-16 22:06:38

1 pill giver with a tiny bit of water in it. Wrap puss in towel and sit on!
2 bathing a cat. Um wouldn't!
3 insurance won't cover pre existing conditions.

JenLindleyShitMom Fri 28-Oct-16 22:11:21

Well that rules out the insurance then! grin

When I say bathing, I really mean a warm damp cloth rubbed over him. He's a real docile boy and will sit for anything.

JenLindleyShitMom Fri 28-Oct-16 22:11:55

Damp cloth soaked in something to help his skin obviously!

hugoagogo Fri 28-Oct-16 22:13:17


GardenGeek Fri 28-Oct-16 22:15:30

No advice re. skin condition but get insurance asap, even if it doesn't cover this condition. Your DCat is only 2.5 so plenty of time for other vet fees. Get a lifetime plan, and don't change providers so pick wisely to begin with.

I got paid yesterday and a third has already gone on vet fees.

Best of luck with your Dcat flowers

JenLindleyShitMom Fri 28-Oct-16 22:16:59

Thanks gardengeek any recommendations for providers?

What's the confused for hugo? grin

GardenGeek Fri 28-Oct-16 23:32:56

I am with PDSA, makes me feel good that its a pet charity anyway; and is established and long running.

All the vets seem to recommend Petplan, but I am convinced they are getting a commission for that. Because why would they all be so set on the same. But then I am a sceptic and even if they are, it doesn't mean they aren't any good, so maybe ask around if anyone is with them.

Toddlerteaplease Fri 28-Oct-16 23:47:45

Sounds similar to something my parents cat has got. He has a consistently high white cell count and the vet said it was something called feline esonophillic syndrome. A shot of steroids usually sorts him out. I think he must have had it before they got him as he came to the rescue with a bottle of piriton. We were told it was a flea allergy but he's not had fleas since adoption. They first noticed it as he had little lesions and bald spots. He's very well in himself though. Has your cat had his bloods checked?

Toddlerteaplease Fri 28-Oct-16 23:48:23

Ps try crushing tablets in lik e lix. It's revolting but cats inhale the stuff!

JenLindleyShitMom Fri 28-Oct-16 23:53:56

No he didn't get his bloods checked, should I get that done? Will get some lik e Lix too thanks!

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