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Dr Marta Lepes, Cat Veterinarian
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My cat has crusty areas on her back in the tail area. I keep

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my cat has crusty areas on her back in the tail area. I keep peroxide on them but they seem to be spreading. She is very healthy and seems well, other than that.
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 11 months ago.

Hello,

My name is***** and I am here to help you. I have to ask you a few questions.

How long has she had this problem?

What did it look like when you first noticed it?

Does it look greasy?

Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 11 months ago.

Are these spots the same on both sides?

Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 11 months ago.

Does she bite or scratch them?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
She has had this,1 yr prox
On top of back ,down prox 1/2" down both sides, and forward from base of tail about 2 inches.
It is dry, and she can not reach this area to scratch.
IT LOOKS ABOUT THE SAME IN APPEARANCE BUT SPREADING FORWARD AND SOME HAIR LOSS.
Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 11 months ago.

Does she lick, bite or excessively groom these areas?

Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 11 months ago.

Is she losing hair on her tummy?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
About grooming,she is always grooming but that area is hard to reach.
There does not seem to be any other areas of hair loss.
Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 11 months ago.

How about fleas?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Does not appear to.
Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 11 months ago.

I checked out some veterinary literature.

There are a number of possibilities: flea allergy, food allergy or sensitivity, and a skin condition called pemphigus which is an autoimmune disease.

Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 11 months ago.

An autoimmune disease is one where the body attacks its own tissues.

Fungal infection is also a possibility.

Because there are so many possibilities you should take your cat to your vet for a skin exam.

There is no cut and dry diagnoses that I can give you. Your vet will probably do some skin scrapings and lab tests.

We want your kitty to get rid of this skin problem.

I hope that I have given you some direction.

Please rate this service.

Thank you,

Dr Marta

Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 11 months ago.

It's very late and I have to leave.

If you have any questions please email me. Don't hesitate to ask. I'll check my messages in the morning.

Good night

Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 11 months ago.

Good morning,

You have not responded so I hope that you have thought about having a vet do a complete skin check. Good luck to you.

Happy Holidays!

Dr Marta

Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 11 months ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Dr Marta Lepes
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Hi,
I groomed her hair, and combed out, with a lice comb all the scales I could comfortable do.
This scale looks like a very small ,round seedy scale,dark in color,and tangles up in a couple or three hairs.
Some of these were also tangled under her chin.The area at the base of the tail is not greasy.
!! We also just found 2 fleas.3 days ago I applied some prescription salve, which is for some itchy,sensitive skin area
(This seemed to help). .
.
Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 11 months ago.

Hello,

So glad to hear from you.

Try combing out some more of those black scaly areas. Put the combings on a piece of white paper towel. Wet you finger and moisten one of those black scales. If it stains the paper reddish brown that mens that it is flee dirt or flee feces. Since fleas feed on blood the feces are reddish brown. Then you would know that she has a flea problem.

Let me know please.

Thanks,

Dr MArta.