I have a four year old female cat who has developed scabby areas across her back. She has red bumps on her ears. She is losing hair in both places.
The vet did not know what it is. He gave her a shot of antibiotics and cortisone. It completely cleared up. However, it has now returned. I was wondering if there was an ointment I could use to improve this condition.
Veterinarian Suggestion for treating Cat Skin Scabs on Back and Ears
Ointments are not very effective in cats since they tend to rapidly lick them off. Your best bet is to focus on diagnosing your cat so future treatments have the best chance at being successful.
Did your veterinarian run a fungal culture to look for ringworm , take skin scrapings to rule out mites , and perform cytology to diagnose skin infections? If not, this would be the way that I would go.
If all of these tests were negative, I would then give your cat several doses of a medication called Revolution to empirically treat her for flea allergies and some of the mites that can be very difficult to find with routine diagnostic procedures.
If that didn’t do it, I might make a tentative diagnosis of allergies since she seemed to temporarily respond to the cortisone injection. A food trial with a hypoallergenic diet would be reasonable at this point, as would either symptomatic treatment for environmental allergies like pollen, mold, and dust mites or intradermal allergy testing if you prefer.
Jennifer Coates, DVM