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What Is Cat Miliary Dermatitis?dermititis

Miliary dermatitis is a skin condition where small bumps (about the size of millet seeds) appear on the cat’s skin. This is an irritated area which has a red and crusty rash located around the head, neck, back, base of the tail, or belly.

What are possible causes?

  • Reaction to flea allergies/bites
  • Cheyletiella mites (fur mites or "walking dandruff"
  • Other Allergies (inhalant allergy, food allergy, pollens)
  • Bacterial infections
  • Mites
  • Mange
  • Ringworm
  • Immune-mediated diseases
  • Drug hypersensitivity
  • Poor diet
  • Hormonal/endocrine disorder 

What are the symptoms?

This can be a very itchy rash that that progresses to small lesions covered by scabs which can worsen with licking, biting, and scratching. Hair loss in the affected area may also occur.

What should you do?

Contact your vet immediately for proper diagnosis and treatment to relieve any discomfort and determine how best to remove and prevent the problem allergens.  Diagnosis can include analysis of coat brushings/fur samples to check for parasitic infections such as mites, fleas, or fungal infections, allergy testing, skin scrapings/biopsy, and fecal examination to detect intestinal parasites.

It is possible for a pet care plan to include anti-inflammatory medications, medicated baths or change in food.  Consult your vet for the best customized treatment and cat care plan. 

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Blog adapted from Webvet.com and Catworld.com