Miliary Dermatitis in Cats
Miliary dermatitis is a very common skin presentation seen in cats at the veterinary clinic. It manifests most typically as a scabby inflammation of the skin which actually feels like millet seeds as one runs the hand through the hair coat. The small crusts and scabs may appear anywhere on the cat’s body, but most commonly is seen around the head and neck.
Miliary dermatitis is most commonly seen secondary to either inhalant/contact allergies, flea bite allergies or food allergies in cats. Unless these potential underlying causes are addressed the condition will recur. Treatment of a flare-up of miliary dermatitis may involve corticosteroids, antihistamines and sometimes antibiotics for accompanying skin infections.
Omega 3 fatty acids such as Be Well or The Missing Link also may help when added to the food long term. Holistic veterinarians will often change the diet of affected pets to an all natural novel protein diet, and/or in some cases to a raw meat based diet, as well as use herbal and homeopathic remedies to strengthen the immune system. Prognosis for recovery is excellent, as long as the above underlying causes are addressed.