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I have been treating my cat for a very bad case of dermatitis with Derma-IonX and Defendex for at least 2 months now. He still needs prednisolone every day. When I lower his dose of prednisolone he breaks out worse again. I cant get him to take the Omega 3/6/9. It is not worth the fight to try and give it by mouth using a dropper. And he wont eat it on his food. The Derma-IonX has helped he doesn't constantly lick himself but he still does more than my other cats. And I have been giving him a teaspoon or more a day of it. He's on a special grain free diet, of hydrolized protien, vet ordered. The bathing with Defendex doesn't seem to make a difference. Is there anything else I can do for him. He is overweight and can not keep his bottom clean so I do have to keep that area clean for him. He started gaining weight when he was started on the prednisolone. He wasn't always overweight. I try to stick to the recommended limit for his food, but it is hard because he begs constantly by crying and sitting by his covered dish or following us constantly. We try to be careful not to track grass inside & I vaccum constantly and don't wear our outside shoes inside the house. Should I have blood tests done and if I do how long will he have to be off his prednisolon to get correct results. Any suggestions would be gratly appreciated. I am due to order more Derma-IonX since I'm getting low on my last bottle.

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June 3, 2013 at 10:52 AM

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Dear Noreen,

I would try giving 1/4 teaspoon two to three times per day. I don't think you need to give as much as you are using. Since he doesn't like the oil maybe you could try a few drops of olive oil or tuna oil. If you find one that he accepts then gradually increase it to 1/4 teaspoon per day. Have you tried Probiotics for cats and dogs? It can help improve digestion and sometimes aid allergy symptoms. I would also suggest that you bring in a stool sample to your veterinarian to have it checked for parasites if one hasn't been done recently. Internal parasites can cause some skin symptoms. Probiotics can be helpful to the GI tract if there are parasites.

Please let us know how you do.

Best regards,

Dr. Char www.vetionx.com

Dr. Char Wilson, DVM Health Coach answered
June 4, 2013 at 9:23 AM
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