FELINE “MILIARY DERMATITIS”

“Miliary dermatitis” is a descriptive term for distinctive skin lesions found in cats with various skin disorders. It refers to finding tiny, crusted sores on the cat’s body. There may be hair loss as well. Many cats are itchy with licking, chewing and scratching noticed by the owner.

“Miliary dermatitis” is not a specific skin disease but is a skin reaction resulting from many different diseases, which occur in the cat. Therefore, in order to effectively treat the symptoms, it will be necessary to determine the specific cause.

The following is a list of causes of “military dermatitis” currently recognized:

  • Flea Allergy Dermatitis

Cannot always find evidence of fleas

Lesions most severe around neck, rump and tail

Probably responsible for 90% of cases seen at our hospital

  •  Food Allergy
  • Inhalant Allergy
  • Fungal Infection
  • Bacterial Infection
  • Parasites
  • Idiopathic – underlying disease not discovered

The following tests may be recommended for your pet:

  1. Flea control
  2. Trial hypoallergenic diet
  3. Skin allergy testing
  4. Skin biopsy
  5. Fungal culture
  6. Complete blood count or health screen
  7. Fecal exam for internal parasites