Feline Dermatology - Vet Focus 31(1) April 2021
A new issue on Feline Dermatology has been added in the Veterinary Focus journal.
Feline atopic dermatitis demystified by Schissler J.
- Atopic dermatitis is a diagnosis of exclusion in cats, and a stepwise approach is essential to reach an accurate diagnosis.
- Pruritic behavior may or may not be apparent, but recognition of characteristic lesions can help direct the clinician towards the appropriate diagnostic steps.
- Pruritus relief with consideration for acute and chronic treatment phases is essential; aim to minimize or eliminate glucocorticoids in the chronic phase.
- Client communication is paramount for success, and owners must be aware that atopic dermatitis is managed lifelong and not cured.
Feline cutaneous adverse food reactions by Hoff S. and Berger D.
- Cutaneous adverse food reaction in cats is indistinguishable from other allergic hypersensitivities on the basis of clinical presentation and lesion location.
- Non-seasonal pruritus is the most common clinical sign associated with an adverse food reaction.
- An adverse food reaction can only be accurately diagnosed through an elimination diet trial utilizing a balanced home-cooked diet, prescription novel protein or hydrolyzed diet for at least 8 weeks.
- Client education will improve compliance with diet elimination trials and can be key to successful diagnosis and treatment.