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Hello. Thanks for writing in. My name is***** and I would be happy to help you. I do have a few questions for you to better assess your situation.
Is he still on flea prevention every month? If so, which one?
Thanks for the information. The reason I ask is because his symptoms are very, very consistent with flea allergy dermatitis in cats. There really isn't anything else that causes those skin problems in cats when presented together. Now, in cats, I never expect to see the fleas on them when there is an issue because they groom so fastidiously that they actually eat the fleas. Some cats can show more severe symptoms of flea problems then others if they have an allergy to the flea saliva. With a true allergy, only a few fleas can cause a lot of problems. It is interesting that you mention the small white flecks. Does it look more like dandruff or sesame seeds. If sesame seeds, you are probably seeing dried tapeworm segments, which they get from eating fleas. If it is dandruff, then it could be a dry skin issue or even a skin mite called Cheyletiella. The "dandruff" may move when flaked onto a dark background if it is the mite. Other potential concerns are environmental inhaled allergies, food allergies, ringworm, scabies mites, tail gland hyperplasia (would be more oily around base of tail) and pemphigus (immune system problem). With his symptoms, though, I would seriously be thinking about flea allergies first, despite not seeing any on him. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Hope this helps.
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