Friday, October 3, 2014

Acne in Cats

Feline acne is a common skin disorder characterized by the presence of blackheads on the cat's chin and lips. It can affect cats of any age, sex or breed.Sebaceous glands secrete oils (known as sebum) which lubricates the skin, preventing dryness and irritation. The sebaceous glands are mostly found in dorsal, eyelids, chin, surface of the base of the tail, lips, scrotum and prepuce. They are connected to the hair follicles.These glands also play a role in territorial marking and any observant cat owner will have seen their cat rubbing it's face and chin along objects.


Over time this rubbing will leave greasy patches.In acne, the follicles become blocked with black sebaceous material, resulting in blackheads. These blackheads may become irritated, swollen and infected, leading to pustules.

Causes

 The exact cause of feline acne isn't known. There are several possible causes however including
  • Stress - Stress triggers the release of various hormones which lead to the sebaceous glands producing more sebum.
  • The use of plastic food bowls is commonly discouraged, especially in cats with feline acne. This is because they are porous and trap bacteria, which is then transferred to the cat's chin. It has also been suggested that an allergic reaction to the plastic food bowl is a cause.
  • Poor grooming, the chin is a rather difficult area on cats to clean.
  • Over active sebaceous glands.
  • There have been suggestions that it may be linked to hormones.



Symptoms

The chin and possibly lips have black spots (comedones) on it, which look like dirt.
Secondary infection may lead to  swollen, red, pustules, leading to bleeding due to irritation.
Advanced cases may lead to itching, inflammation and a raw/angry appearance.

Diagnosis

Tentative diagnosis is usually made based on the appearance of comedones on the chin.As there are other conditions with similar symptoms to feline acne (bacterial pyoderma, contact dermatitis, food hypersensitivity, Malassezia, eosinophilic granuloma), your veterinarian may wish to perform skin scrapings and perform a fungal and bacterial culture to rule out other causes.

Treatment

Treatment of feline acne depends on the severity of the condition. Removing excess sebum is the aim. Some treatments include:
  1. If the condition is mild, with only a few comedones, topical treatment may be all that is required. Gentle cleansing with an antibiotic soap, witch hazel, iodine (Betadine) or Epsom salts.
  2. In more severe cases, cleansing the skin with an ointment or gel containing benzoyl peroxide (such as OxyDex) or chlorhexidine may be of use.
  3. Topical glucocorticoids to reduce inflammation.

It helps if you apply a warm, damp cloth to the chin for 30 seconds prior to applying treatments.

Prevention

  • Switch from plastic to glass, ceramic or metal food bowls.
  • Wash food and water bowls daily.
  • Washing the cat's chin after eating, if he is prone to acne.
Feline acne is a common skin disorder characterised by the presence of blackheads on the cat's chin and lips. It can affect cats of any age, sex or breed.
Sebaceous glands secrete oils (known as sebum) which lubricates the skin, preventing dryness and irritation. The sebaceous glands are mostly found in dorsal, eyelids, chin, surface of the base of the tail, lips, scrotum and prepuce. They are connected to the hair follicles.
These glands also play a role in territorial marking and any observant cat owner will have seen their cat rubbing it's face and chin along objects. Over time this rubbing will leave greasy patches.
In acne, the follicles become blocked with black sebaceous material, resulting in blackheads. These blackheads may become irritated, swollen and infected, leading to pustules.
- See more at: http://www.cat-world.com.au/feline-acne#sthash.O7GyQkFa.dpuf
Feline acne is a common skin disorder characterised by the presence of blackheads on the cat's chin and lips. It can affect cats of any age, sex or breed.
Sebaceous glands secrete oils (known as sebum) which lubricates the skin, preventing dryness and irritation. The sebaceous glands are mostly found in dorsal, eyelids, chin, surface of the base of the tail, lips, scrotum and prepuce. They are connected to the hair follicles.
These glands also play a role in territorial marking and any observant cat owner will have seen their cat rubbing it's face and chin along objects. Over time this rubbing will leave greasy patches.
In acne, the follicles become blocked with black sebaceous material, resulting in blackheads. These blackheads may become irritated, swollen and infected, leading to pustules.
- See more at: http://www.cat-world.com.au/feline-acne#sthash.O7GyQkFa.dpuf

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