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Discovered a few scabs on her head, Gracie about 10-yrs.

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discovered a few scabs on her head
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the cat's name and age?
Customer: Gracie about 10-yrs. old
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Gracie?
Customer: no
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 2 months ago.

Hello, JACustomer. I have been a Veterinary Nurse for over 15 years and would be happy to help you today. I'm reviewing your question right now.

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 2 months ago.

1) When did these lesions start?
2) Are you seeing any crusting or pus?
3) How large are these scabs?
4) Is she indoors only?
5) Are they itchy?
6) Is she on any medication at this time?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
1) about 3-months ago or longer
2) crusting....no pus
3) small - <1/4"
4) yes....indoors only
5) no
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 2 months ago.

It sounds like you may be observing miliary dermatitis in your cat, which is commonly linked to allergies. I can give you some steps to try at home, but she may also need antibiotics. More info here: http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=1+2117&aid=150

If she's not on a monthly flea prevention, it would be wise to start one.

You can treat the miliary dermatitis with an OTC antihistamine called Chlorpheniramine. Give 1-4mg by mouth up to twice daily as needed. You may need 5-10 days of every day dosing to see the highest improvement for her and these may need to be used every day to keep symptoms at bay.

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Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 2 months ago.

Checking in, JA Customer. How is your companion doing?