My cat is suffering from allergy to dust mites and skin is very dry and itchy and he licks a lot. The involved area is his sides and legs. Is taking steroids and antibiotics. Can I apply aloe vera ointment or any other topical to his skin ?
Type of Animal: cat
Name of Cat: murphy
Is on steroids and an antibiotic for the skin condition and Buprenex to lessen the itching, but is still miserable.
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Yes, there are a number of things you can try.
You can apply neosporin antibiotic cream, benadryl spray, and hydrocortisone cream/spray to him as frequently as every other hour until the itching calms. All of these are non-toxic if he licks them.
You can use the aloe vera ointment. If he licks it, it can cause gastrointestinal upset. So you may want to use a plastic elizabethan collar to prevent his licking.
You can also try some benzocaine sunburn cream, or spray, to help numb the area. He would need to wear the e-collar to prevent licking of this as well.
I assume he has had allergy testing and that determined that he has dust mite allergy. If it were just dust mite allergy, I would think the current treatment would control the itching. So I am wondering if he may have sarcoptic mange which cause intense itching despite the steroids. Sometimes it can be seen on a skin scraping and sometimes it is hard to find even when they have it. You could ask your vet about treating him with a dose of "feline revolution drops" which is a monthly flea and ear mite prevention drop. It also works on sarcoptic mange. You would just apply one tube, of the drops, on the back of his neck.
If he has not had a ringworm fungal culture, I would do that as well.
You can try adding an omega-3 fatty acid supplement to his diet.
The omega-3 helps with skin inflammation.
They sell ready made preparations online, at vet clinics, and at pet stores.
You can also try 1/4 teaspoon of fish oil, from the pet store, twice a day.
I hope this helps.
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