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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 11-03-2008, 01:23 PM Thread Starter
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Tobys skin UPDATE: Skin infection.

I could post this in the Health forum but i know what this is all about and i know its a problem that will always be around for my poor little furry ...

Those darn allergies!!

Toby has come up in nasty scabs again on that one area of his back near his tail. For those of you that dont know - Toby has a severe allergy to dust mites (and fleas - but he is regularly frontlined for those).

Its so aggravating. That thin patch of fur was thickening nicely and the rest of his fur is so glossy, smooth and soft right now. And of course he keeps pulling at it and biting it and all the fur that was there is gone ...

Grrrr.

Rant over. I guess they will calm down again - they always do.

This is what his little back looks like right now (image from the internet - not Toby)



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Poor Toby - hugs from Auntie Stephie

Allie are there no anti histamine type creams that you can get to ease the itchiness?
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Poor little guy! You do so much to keep your place dust/mite free.

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Poor Toby, he must be miserable.


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Have you tried something like olive oil, baby oil, vaseline, or some other non-toxic oil, to suffocate the mites, and soothe his skin? Just saying, it's something that may help, but can't hurt.
A small dose of benadryl (diphenhydramine) might calm the allergic reaction and allow the skin to heal.

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Poor Toby! Perhaps an Elizabethan collar and some meds will help him to heal quickly and stop the terrible itching.




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Thanks for all the suggestions! I'm definately going to go for the collar but was wondering whether there was a holistic treatment for cats I could try? I could take him to the vet for a steriod shot to calm things down but Im really loathe to do that unless I have to (it will lower the immune system).

I'm going to hunt around the internet to see what I can find.
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Found this for helping cats with immune disorders, if it's any help at all:

For Immune-Related Skin Disorders: The following nutrients have been shown to support the immune system so that it is better able to fight disease and infections:

Reishi mushrooms work as an anti-inflammatory and antihistamine to relieve respiratory ailments and allergy symptoms. They have been found to enhance immune modulators, which are important for fighting viral and bacterial infections and they also inhibit the growth of cancer cells.

Echinacea is an immune stimulant that helps the body defend itself against viral infection. It works in two ways: 1) It contains three compounds with specific antiviral activity—caffeic acid, chicoric acid and echinacin and 2) the root extracts of echinacea act like interferon, the body’s own antiviral compound. Echinacea has been used by Native Americans to heal wounds and skin problems, and reduce inflammation.

Astragulus root has been used for thousands of years in traditional chinese medicine to strengthen Chi, the building block of physical and spiritual energy. More recently, it has been used to restore immune function in cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy.

Thymus (Bovine) - The thymus is responsible for many immune system functions, including the production of T lymphocytes, which are extremely important to protecting animals from bacteria, fungi, parasites, viruses, cancer, allergies, dermatitis and immune disorders.

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Thanks Marie, that all looks really useful. . I will investigate further.

In the meantime I've ordered a collar (http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll? ... 0016475704 ) and am thinking of buying either this (http://www.vetuk.co.uk/index.php?main_p ... ts_id=1728) or this (http://www.vetuk.co.uk/index.php?main_p ... cts_id=705) to help sooth the area. He has made it bleed by biting at the area so it has to be really sore. Which looks to be the best product do you think?

I'm trying to resist the temptation to just drag him to the vet as I know that they will just give him a steriod shot. I may have to yet, but I'm going to try some other stuff first.

Poor wee boy. All nasty and sore and stuff
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UPDATE:

Tobys little flare up become much worse over the course of the weekend so he is off to the vet at 6.30pm today. Poor little guy
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