Question: My cat who is otherwise healthy and immunized, is developing an itchy, scaly area on her spine above the base of her tail. She has enjoyed being scratched there for several months and I had noticed some “scaly skin” in the area. Now, literally overnight, the area is moist and she is losing hair there. I have not noticed any foul odors, oozing or obvious parasites ie. fleas, lice Her appetite has not been great, she has been ignoring her canned food but I attributed it to finicky eating. Your help would be greatly appreciated.
You are describing a classic seborrheic/allergic skin disease. If parasitic skin disease has been ruled out, you have a few options. The fastest (but least advisable) one is to have your vet administer a diagnostic steroid injection to further confirm this etiology. If the itch disappears as I believe it will, then you need to start your cat on a fatty acid/vitamin supplement such as EFA-Z+. Using a topical spray such as Relief spray will help moisturize the area and reduce the itch immediately. In addition, the over the counter antihistamine chlorphenaramine may also provide rapid relief. Give 2-4 mg twice a day. These therapies might help right away, but I strongly advise addressing the underlying imbalance that is causing this immune hypersensitivity. This can be accomplished with the help of a trained veterinary homeopath.