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Doc, I have a 14yr old Bluetip Himalayan neutered male, who I believe has allergies. He had been on Royal Canin SO due to urine crystals, but he started getting itchy, mini pustules at the base of his tail for the last 6 six years or so. I had given him Depo shots to alleviate his symptoms over the years but now we are on a Hydrolized Protein (Royal Canin) diet. He has been on this strict diet for about three weeks now and is not getting any better (sniffling, hair loss, pustules, scratching). I changed the litter to a dust free type, exhausted all environmental allergens I could think of. I am concerned with the pustules on the base of his tail. Have you had experience with these?

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Asked on January 12, 2016 10:06 pm
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The pustules are secondary infection of the small blisters that form in the skin due to the allergy. The most common allergy that shows symptoms as you describe is due to flea bites! This does not necessarily mean a flea infestation. Flea allergies are due to a reaction to flea saliva, one bite can drive an allergic cat crazy! Other environmental allergens can be explored with allergy testing.

We use Heska Corporation for our allergy testing. Symptomatic treatment using corticosteroids and antibiotics will treat the symptoms regardless of the cause.

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Posted by Dr. Gaylord Brown
Answered on January 21, 2016 4:59 pm
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