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Remedy for a Cat with Acne on Face and Head

My cat has chin acne, but it has spread to his head and face. It scabs up, but falls off then he scratches till he bleeds. The vet has given me shampoos, steroids, medications, and a change of food. I've spent over 1000.00 and it still hasn't been remedied. Any suggestions?
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August 25, 20190 found this helpful

I would try another vet if I were you.

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August 26, 20190 found this helpful

Oh my. That looks so painful. Please find another vet ASAP.

In some cities there are vet hospitals that have outpatient offices for specialties and one is dermatology.

Please see if you can find one like that. Many will work with you on costs/financing.

Please post back with an update. Prayers for healing.

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September 11, 20190 found this helpful

He has a dermatologist appt on the 19th. Fingers crossed.

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September 12, 20190 found this helpful

Prayers will continue!! Post back what you learn!

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September 19, 20190 found this helpful

Well, went to the specialist. Feels it is a food allergy and has an immune disorder that caused it to get infected and spread.

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He is getting better. Hair is starting to grow back and he is back to being a social cat instead of hiding all the time. I will upload his latest picture as of today 9/19/19.

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September 19, 20190 found this helpful

Thanks for your update!! So happy the kitty is mending! Healing prayers continue!!!

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August 26, 20190 found this helpful

You need a veterinary clinic in a university.
Try to find a university that has a veterinary school within driving distance as this may be your only hope.
Your baby needs specialty care and most likely no regular vet is going to be able to heal this as something like this is very unusual.
Universities specialize in cases like this as it may the only time their students will have access to this problem.

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If for some reason you cannot visit a university veterinary school I would suggest you post a notice about your cat's condition (with pictures) on Craigslist, Nextdoor.com, USA4Sale, Facebook Groups with a big HELP at the top and explain your story and ask for help from anyone who may have an answer.

I have seen this done and they did have a vet call and offered his services so you just never know and I believe you and this baby have been through enough hurt and pain for a lifetime.
These pictures are too painful to look at.
Please post back and let us know how he is doing.

If it happens that you have to pay for any more vet bills I would suggest you post your story on GoFundMe:

www.gofundme.com/

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August 26, 20190 found this helpful

Sorry - I meant to add that you can place - specialty care vets - on Google and see if there are any of these vets near you (add your zip code but you may have to go further) as your cat will need this type of service.

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That is why I mentioned the GoFundMe site.

abvp.com/.../

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August 26, 20190 found this helpful

This is not a normal condition and your cat will need very special care that your vet is not able to give you. I would try to find a vet that specializes in these types of condition. I feel so sorry for your poor cat and I hope that a new vet will be able to clear this up for you so the poor cat no longer has to suffer.

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August 26, 20190 found this helpful

Your beautiful cat looks like he has chin acne. It is a common condition. If you have spent $1000 you already know that. Feline acne can have several causes which makes it harder to diagnose and treat.

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Blackheads form on the chin. They become irritated and often infected with bacteria or fungus. When they do then you have moderate to severe feline acne.
Other skin conditions can masquerade as chin acne. Mites, yeast, autoimmune diseases. stress and hormonal imbalance. You need a simple skin biopsy to rule these conditions out. You can see why it has been hard for your Vet to find the right treatment. Treating it can take some effort. You need to find a Vet that specializes in dermatology. If you live in an area without a specialty Vet at least try to find a cats only Vet if you can. Know that you may try a number of things before things clear up. Dont get discouraged. Your beautiful kitty is worth it.
I had 2 cats with chin acne. One I cleaned off the black spots and put a little antibiotic ointment on it and never saw it again. The second time I had to get stainless steel dishes because the cat was allergic to plastic dishes. Apparently that is a common cause. In both cases once we got to the bottom of it we never saw the chin acne again. Get started with your guy. Once a secondary infection starts It takes a little longer to get him back to normal. The trick is to know exactly what you are are treating and get the right medicine. Good luck to you. Let us know.

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September 19, 20190 found this helpful

He is getting better eventhoughit doesnt look like it. His hair needs to grow back more.

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