Lance, My Bell had the same condition. She was an older cat and not FELV+. I tried the steroid shots several times. It would clear up for a few weeks after and then back again. I finally found vet who knew how to treat her with prednisone -- a fairly strong dose, for over 2 weeks. It cleared up and never came back. It isn't fleas. Carolyn

On Tue, Nov 5, 2013 at 7:34 PM, Lance wrote:

Hi all,

My Ember has had dermatitis for about two months now. A month ago, the vet gave her a Convenia shot, and that didn’t seem to change things much. I gave her 2mg of chlor trimeton twice a day for five days, and that hasn’t changed anything substantially. She has lesions on her neck and shoulders, and there also must be some near her backside, as she’s licked some hair off her legs, lower tail, and stomach. I should note that I’m 99.9% certain this has nothing to do with fleas. Ember has no exposure to other animals or the outside (she’s isolated in a set of rooms on the second floor of this house), I have seen no fleas on her, and I haven’t had any jump on me. The vet found none on her when she went in a month ago.

I spoke to the vet today, and she mentioned that they usually give cats with this type of dermatitis a steroid injection, but that she worries about doing that to Ember, given her FeLV+ status. The vet did say that, rather than an injection, we could try tablets. That would at least allow us to control how much exposure Ember gets. Right now, this doesn’t seem to be life-threatening. I’m wondering what others have done in this situation.
Thanks,

Lance
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