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Companion Animal Practice
Management of feline miliary dermatitis: a clinical update
  1. Anna Jackson

    Anna Jackson qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1998. After four years in practice, she undertook a three‐year residency in veterinary dermatology at Bristol. She holds the RCVS certificate in veterinary dermatology. She is currently a field veterinary adviser at Pfizer Animal Health.

  2. Aiden Foster

    Aiden Foster graduated from Bristol in 1987. He is a veterinary investigation officer at the Veterinary Laboratories Agency in Shrewsbury. He holds a PhD for studies on allergic skin disease in the cat, is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology, and the current secretary of the European Society of Veterinary Dermatology.


THE prevalence of miliary dermatitis ‐ variably called feline allergic miliary dermatitis, miliary eczema, eosinophilic dermatitis and papulocrusting dermatitis ‐ is unknown, although many authors suggest that the condition is common. Lesions may be due to a number of underlying causes, particularly flea bite hypersensitivity, but also food hypersensitivity, ectoparasites and microbial infections including dermatophytes and bacteria. This article provides a clinical update on feline miliary dermatitis, highlighting the therapeutic options available to the practitioner.

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