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My cat has two sores on her back that she keeps licking. They

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My cat has two sores on her back that she keeps licking. They are red and a little bloody; she is licking off her fur in these two spots. My vet says that frequent shots to relieve the allergy are not good for her. He gives her a shot about once a year and the sores heal right up. A few months later, she starts licking and causes anothe sore all over again. What can I use to prevent infection? Can I use neosporin?
Submitted: 7 years ago via PetPlace.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Terri replied 7 years ago.

Dear friend,


I am sorry your baby has this trouble.

It sounds like miliary dermatitis.

Your vet is correct to limit steroids because they can cause diabetes and renal failure in cats.

Yes it is safe to use plain neosporin three times a day.



Fortunately cats do not get as many skin conditions as dogs so they are much easier to diagnose and treat. They can be allergic reactions, fungus or infection.

Here is the most common with photos:

Stud tail:and feline acne


Miliary Dermatitis:



Hot spots:

Ringworm can be recurrent and is treated with a topical fungicide or a vaccine shot.

miliary dermatitis can come from a food allergy or the bite of even ONE flea.This is treated with one cortesone shot or neosporen it is safe it he licks a bit.

Granuloma is also usually allergic in nature and can be treated cortesone or antibiotics or both.

There is also alopecia which is usually symmetrical and can be self inflicted:

A staph infection is also a possibility and can recur at times when the immune system is weakened temporarily.

Please look at the photos and let me know which best relates to your cats issues and I will be happy to discuss this further with you.





Warmest best wishes,



Customer: replied 7 years ago.

I think the pictures of Miliary Dermatitis most look like Daisy's problem. I have treated her for fleas but wonder if there isn't something I should use in the house. Is there something you would recommend?

Expert:  Terri replied 7 years ago.

Dear friend,


I use advantage on my cats.

However, I also treat the yards even though they are indoor because fleas breed outside not in your home.


All you have to do is put down some Diatomaceous earth in your yard and a few pots in the house and you and your baby will never see another flea, fly, worm, etc.

Get it at a garden shop or online:

I am in Florida where fleas/bugs/worms are active 24/7/365 and it works like a charm for me.

I hope your baby gets relief very fast.

Best wishes,



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