Pet Skin Problems

How can I help my cat whose managed to scratch the back of her neck raw?

My cat had a small scratch on her upper back (right about where the scruff of the neck is) a couple of weeks ago but as it healed, she managed to reach. Now it’s a large hairless patch ( a few inches wide) with 2 nickel sized open sores that she can scratch with her back paws and can sometimes twist around and lick. I tried a tea tree oil spray designed for hot spots on pets that is supposed to be soothing but didn’t appear to be. I also put neosporin on it, which helped but just before it heals she completely scratches the scabs off. It seems not to bother her for a day or two, then she scratches the crap out of it.
Is there an over-the-counter product that I can buy that can keep her from getting at and scratching this spot? Maybe a hydrocortisone spray? At what point should I take her to the vet (which is expensive but will do it if necessary)? (I tend to over panic about pet injuries. When I get to the vet it turns out to be something I can take care of at home, that’s why I ask.)

You should take her to the vet.

If you’re worried about expense, you’ve already made it more expensive for yourself by trying things that didn’t work and leaving it to get worse. The sooner you go to the vet, the less expensive it will be. It doesn’t sounds like an expensive problem anyway – although as it’s reopened it’s probably infected, which will be more expensive than if it had been seen right away. So, you can either waste more money trying stuff that doesn’t work, while the cat in the meantime is still in discomfort, or you can take her to a vet to find out what is actually wrong and get the correct treatment.

Yes, the vet might prescribe something you can get yourself. But you don’t just go to the vets to pick up medication- you go to find out what the problem is! Which no one on here can tell you because we haven’t seen the cat or it’s lesions.

Please don’t try any more meds suggested by people on here. You’ve already proven that you need some professional advice, not more guesses at home remedies.


my pet rat is scratching himself a lot lately,and as a result not only is he breaking skin but losing

Sneezy is just over a year old. While he has a 2X2X4 foot cage which is always open, he has comandeered one of our dresser drawers which has his own bedding, both material and sawdust which are changed regularly. the problem is that lately he has been itching and scratching so much that he now has loads of little scratches which have broken the skin. he now has lots of little scabby nicks. also around the cuts his fur seems to be falling out.Any help would be really appreciated. Waiting hopefully.Thanks!

I’ve had many rats, and I usually go by the advice of Debbie Ducommen, an expert on rats that lives in California. Look up “The Rat Fan Club” on the internet, and there is a lot of info on care and health. This is a common problem. I would take him to a vet who can do a skin scrape to see if he can find any mites, but mites are under the skin and its difficult to get a sample of them. It’s such a common problem that I just went ahead and treated all my rats and guinea pigs with ivermectin a couple times a year whether they showed signs or not. The treatment is not approved for use in small pets, but so many people use it that even my paranoid vet said I could use it (at my own risk). This is it:
Buy some horse paste wormer at a farm store. Make sure it is plain ivermectin (Zimecterin, Rotectin 1, Equimectrin). It should be under $10. Squeeze the syringefull into a small container, like an empty film canister, stir it really well, and spread a dose the size of an uncooked grain of rice on a tiny piece of peanut butter bread. Make sure he eats it all, and repeat once a week for 3 treatments. It’s very important you don’t overdose, but I’ve never had a problem with my 60 rats or 15 guinea pigs over the years.
If someone had symptoms of mites like yours, I would also bathe them with oatmeal dog shampoo once a week and thin a small layer of triple antibiotic on the worst cuts to help them heal. Just a tiny, tiny amount or it will make them greasy and more miserable, and they may lick it off and get the runs! Also enlist a lucky friend to help clip the sharp points off his back nails once or twice a week so he doesn’t hurt himself as bad. I never used anything except newspaper and old towels in my rats cage because their skin and nose is so sensitive. Too much protien (dog food, nuts, etc) can cause itchy skin, too so I would give him lab blocks and total cereal, supplemented with veggies here and there. Hope this helps!

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Pet Rabbit Has Skin Problem… Fur Mites?

Hi! I have an 8 year old bunny who recently developed some “flaky” skin patches on her ears. If I rub the spot, skin flakes come off as well as the fur. I have tried finding information out of the internet, and the best I have come up with is “fur mites.” Are there any bunny vets, or bunny owners who have had a similar problem? Thank you for your help — I am worried about my little Bun 🙂

Hello there, I used to have a few rabbits who had that problem and they would fidget whenever I try to rub those flakes off. I guess that’s making them feel horrible and painful.

One good way to make your bunny feel better is to change her cage frequently, wash the cage thoroughly (best if you can disinfect!) and apply some sort of anti-mites gel/cream that you can get from your local pet shop.

Feed her rabbits’ vitamins if possible. You can get those at pet shops too.

Or, it maybe due to a change in the sawdust/bedding for her cage? Have you recently changed the brand for her cage bedding?

So, here’s a simple checklist for you:
1) change cage
2) go to your pet shop and get
– vitamins,
– disinfect solution for cage,
– and anti ear mites solution/gel/cream for rabbits
– get the cage bedding you used to buy that doesn’t give any problems for your rabbit
3) try not to give her fresh foods for the time being, change them to pellets, nuts, seeds (dry stuff).

Hope your bunny recovers soon!

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