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Hello, Our cat 'Chuck' has itchy skin on his back and particularly near his tail. He is constantly trying to get us to scratch his back. He even runs in front of us, stops and puts his rear up to let us know he wants to be scratched. When we do scratch his back, he's in heaven. He doesn't have any redness or scabs on his back and we haven't noticed him rubbing up against anything or trying to scratch himself. He does have dandruff however, which is very noticeable since he's black. I asked a local vet if there was a topical treatment that would relieve the itching. I was concerned about using something that wouldn't harm him if he licked it while grooming. I had used an over the counter spray before and it lighten the color of his black coat and wasn't effective. The vet suggested giving Chuck children's Benadryl. His weight is 12+ lbs., so apparently the 12mg tablet is the correct dosage. Giving him pills is challenging and I am worried that Benadryl would make him sleepy (even more than he already sleeps), so I would prefer a topical treatment. Shampooing him is not really feasible. Anything you could suggest? Thanks, William

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August 23, 2014 at 4:01 PM



Dear William,

You might want to look at some of our products to help the skin. DERMA-IONX which is an oral homeopathic product stimulates the enzyme systems in the body which aids the skin to heal and helps with assimilation of nutritional components in diet and supplements. The supplements I use along with it include probiotics and Omega 3,6,9. The Omega 3,6,9 is very helpful for dandruff. These supplements together with DERMA-IONX can produce a synergistic response. I would also suggest that you give your cat only filtered water for drinking if your water contains chlorine or fluoride.

For the dietary modifications you might want to try feeding cooling foods according to Chinese food therapy. Fish and turkey are considered to be cooling. Chicken and lamb are warming and would best be avoided in the summer months. Of course if your cat has a food sensitivity do not give that food. (Dandruff is a sign of heat in the body.)

Please feel free to contact us again if you have any other questions.

Best wishes,

Dr. Char

Dr. Char Wilson, DVM Health Coach answered
August 24, 2014 at 10:58 AM
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