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Can you use a skin lotion like Lubriderm or Aveeno for dry

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Can you use a skin lotion like Lubriderm or Aveeno for dry skin on a cat. Was to a Vet, but really didn't get any positive results what is causing the dry patch or what is causing my cat to lose his hair in that particular area.
Hi fatbear,

Topical lotions do not work well in cats as they tend to groom them off and ingest them. Dry skin is best treated with oral fatty acid supplementation. There are many commercially available brands, your vet should have or be able to recommend one. Are there sores where the hair is lost? Is it itchy? Allergies, skin infections, diet, and many other things can contribute to this. Where on the body is the hair loss?
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
The hair loss is on his back just before his tail. He does not really bother it at all, like scratching or biting. Even when my son put the medication that the vet gave him, the cat never bothered it. Now the vet told him to stop this medication, because their original diagnosis was not confirmed. But, meanwhile, he's spending more and more money like he did with his first cat and not really getting any satifactory results. He lost one cat, I don't want to see him lose another one. He was deceived by the place he adopted the cat from, they were not honest about the cat's condition, which he didn't find out about untill he received the cat's papers. Also, he was not going to give up the cat just because he has a handicap. And, besides, my granddaughter would really be divastated if she lost another cat.
Customer: replied 8 years ago.

I'm sorry, I didn't realize that I didn 't tell you what the handicap was. It seems his leg was injured as a kitten, how was not known, and major surgery was performed requiring pins to be inserted for the leg to heal. The vet that performed the surgery said the bald spot was from where the long pins were removed, and only one short pin remains in the bone which cannot be removed. Therefore, the cat cannot bend that leg. The thing is, my son can understand the hair not growing back in that spot because of the scar, what he can't understand is why the bald spot is spreading.

I didn't understand before that the bald area was originally because of a surgery. How long ago was the surgery? many years? Is the area crusty or dandruffy? Is the skin discolored red or can you feel anything in that area that feels different than the other side? Is there any swelling or softness? I want to make sure there no internal irritation which may be affecting the skin. Has he had the leg xray'ed recently?

Let's try this again with more info

Customer: replied 8 years ago.
The cat is now 9 mos. old. When my son adopted him, he was 6 mos. old according to the place he adopted him from. The surgery was performed approx. 4 mos. before the adoption, which means he was approx. 2 mos. old at the time of the surgery. The area does not seem to be discolored but it does seem to be a little crusty. As far as any other information like swelling, softness or xray's, I will have to get back to you in a couple of days, since it is my son's cat I probably will not see the cat again until Tuesday. Then I will be able to check him further and give you more details.
when you see your son ask him when the pins were removed. It sounds like some xrays need to be taken to see if that last pin has migrated up and causing irritation in the area. After pins are removed the fur usually grows back, unless there was some injury to the skin resulting in a scar. can your son appeal to this adoption facility for some help- since they did not disclose the history? where are you? in the US?
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
This reply is directed to Deb Jankura. I check out the cat, he had no swelling, lumps or softness in said location. I spoke to my son, he said there were no additional xrays taken. Anything additional to the checkup was going to cost additional monies, which right now my son cannot afford. So their immediate answer to him was that the balding could be from excessice grooming. As far as when the pins were removed, it had to be between when the surgery was done at two mos. of age to when he was 4 mos. at the time my son adopted him because the pins were already out. When we went to see the Vet that did the surgery, he said the small pin could not be removed because the bone had grown around it. He did not make any mention that the pin could move. The cat is very agile, gets around with no problem, has no trouble going up and down stairs or jumping up into his tree house, and he never seems to favor the handicapped leg. As far as appealing to the adoption facility, when we mentioned something before the adoption we now feel they were trying to hide something. When we mentioned a bald spot the reply was that it was just white hair under the black. Further questioning just resulted in them saying you can change your mind anytime and return the cat. But of course like I said, my son was not going to get rid of him because of a handicap and my granddaughter would have been devastated if they had to get rid of him. He is an extremely affectionate animal, never aggressive and gets along with everyone. In fact, if he does not want to be bothered, he just hides, but most of the time he will lay beside you. He loves to play, and he really knows how to keep himself occupied if no one has the time at that moment to play with him. I hope I am being helpful to you as far as the information goes, right now it's the best I can do. I really did not mention this to my son, because I know he is the type that would get annoyed at going behind his back. So back to my original question, as long as there is no licking, scratching, or bothering with the area, in general, is there any reason that using Lubriderm on the dry area would be at all harmful to the cat. Yes, we are in the US.
I would still not recommend topical preps, eseciially with frarance and other things added for people. maybe a little vaseline would be okay. I still think there is something internal going on, maybe the local shelter could help or recommend someome I will try to find a list of funding sources
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
If there were something internal going on, wouldn't there be other signs that something is wrong?

not necessarily. I have seen dogs with hip dysplasia whose lameness does not change but will start biting over their hips and cause hair loss trying to get to the "hurting place"


You could try a little vit E on the area but I am still suspicious that there is something else going on- Hair should be growing back, not falling out from the desciptions you have given me. It is unusual, but not impossible for the shorter pin to move.

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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
I want to thank you very much for your patience and help. I will be contacting you again if I need your help.

Here are some funding possibilities-

I can give you some suggestions for where to turn for financial aid. I'd start with the local animal shelters to see if they know of any low cost or subsidized vet care in your area.
Nationally here are some groups that might help you afford the vet bills:

American Animal Hospital Association
" Through the AAHA Helping Pets Fund, veterinary care is possible for sick or injured pets even if they have been abandoned or if their owner is experiencing financial hardship."

Angels 4 Animals
"Our services range from financial aid to complete treatment
to those pets and pet owners in need."

Care Credit
A credit card company for health care, including veterinary care.
"With a comprehensive range of plan options, for
treatment or procedure fees from $1 to over $25,000, we offer a plan
and a low monthly payment to fit comfortably into almost every

God's Creatures Ministry
"This fund helps pay for veterinarian bills for those who need help."

"Our efforts focus on serving the elderly, the disabled, and the
working poor."

"We are dedicated to insure that no
companion animal has to be euthanized simply because their caretaker
is financially challenged."

The Pet Fund
"The Pet Fund is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit association that
provides financial assistance to owners of domestic animals who need
urgent veterinary care."

United Animal Nations
"The m ission of LifeLine is to help homeless or recently rescued
animals suffering from life-threatening conditions that require
specific and immediate emergency veterinary care. We strive to serve
Good Samaritans and rescue groups who take in sick or injured
animals. In certain cases, LifeLine can also assist senior citizens
and low-income families pay for immediate emergency veterinary care."

They also keep a list of local and national help resources here

Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance (FVEAP)
"Seniors, People with disabilities, People who
have lost their job, Good Samaritans who rescue a cat or kitten - any of these folks may need financial assistance to save a beloved companion."

The Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance Program is a nonprofit 501
(c)(3) organization that provides financial assistance to cat and
kitten guardians who are unable to afford veterinary services to save
their companions when life-threatening illness or injury strikes.

Of these, the most reliable one in terms of providing assistance is .carecredit.