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Our 13 year old male cat was diagnosed with allergic dermatitis. He developes small skin bumps and will lick at them which removes the fur and causes skin sores. Our vet suggested using Cyclosporin to settle his immune system.

Instead we are giving him the Derma-Ionx in hopes that it will work. We have been giving it to him for almost 30 days and we do seem to see postive results.

We feed him the best food that we can find are concerned about the safety of it. We feed canned food, with no grains such as Wellnes, Instinct.

He developed hair balls from the licking so we have been giving a daily dose of petroleum based cay lax and suspect that it may be causing problems.

Would appreciate your recommendations. Thank You.

Smartliving Guest asked this
June 12 at 3:45 PM

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Another alternative to CatLax is HAIRBALL by Vetionx. It is a healthier choice. I also give PROBIOTICS and OMEGA 3,6,9 to aid the intestinal tract.
What are the proteins in the food you feed? Do you give treats? What kind of water do you give?

You can also dampen a wash cloth with water and wipe your cat daily so that it removes hair that your cat would otherwise ingest.

Dr. Char Wilson, DVM Health Coach answered
June 13 at 12:00 AM

customer: Thank you for your reply.

We have been giving our 13 year old male cat "Nordic Naturals Omega 3 - Pet"

We feed him Wellness caned food with no grains. We have cut out chicken and feed him Turkey, Rabbit, Venison he does not like Duck. It is 8% crude protein.

We were giving him Wellness no grain dry food as a treat but cut it out. He would eat as much on the dry food as he could and never refuse to eat it.

We give him the same Deer Park bottled water that we drink.

We do wipe his fur with a damp cloth but that makes him lick even more.

We have been giving him the Derma-Ionx for about 8 weeks with a small improvement.

We feel that the food may be the problem. He will love a particular lot number and eat it all, but we get a new lot number and he will walk away and refuse to eat it. The color, texture, moisture and smell varies by lot number. We actual track the lot numbers that he will eat and go store to store to find it.

We would like to find a canned food the we can trust.

Any suggestions for a high quality canned food that is good and reliable?

Our veternarian is recommending giving him Cyclosporin to settle his immune system but we are reluctant to give it to him.

Response: Does your cat throw up hairballs or does your cat have constipation? Does your cat have allergies? How is the immune system disrupted?

Dr. Char Wilson, DVM Health Coach answered
July 1 at 12:00 AM
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