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Allergies-Malassezia etc

Hello all. Our darling rescue Devon (Rani) has some allergy issues we are currently exploring. Have done the food exclusion diet for  2 months (since we got her) but it is obvious that there is more to it than that. Today my  Vet has diagnosed Malassezia and we have done a  VPS Fungal Culture test. (results in 10 days) So at this point we have Auracol Ear Drops to administer between her toes and in her ears twice a day, for 3 weeks.  Plus Malaseb Shampoo to wash her with twice a week. (should be fun?#@) Please has anyone out there had similar experiences that they can share with me? As we dont know her history, and her age is only an estimate at around 8 years, it is all trial and error which we are happy to do if it can make  her feel the very best she can. She has a sweet personality and loves to play (on her terms of course) Look foward to hearing from some of you please,

Cheers, Barb

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  • Oh poor girl.  I do wish you luck with her, but have no advice to offer.

  • Hi Barb,

    Sorry to hear Rani has allergy issues.

    We have had quite a few topics on allergies, I will post some links for you to have a read through. Hopefully these will be of some help! Smile.gif

    Topic 'Urticaria Pigmentosa - our white Devon Rex has just been dia...

    Topic 'rash'

    Topic 'Help - My Boys' Scratching Obsession'

    Blog Post 'Atopica.'

    Topic 'Devons with allergies'

    Topic 'HELP! My 14 week old Devon boy has a red, lumpy rash ??? Urt...

  • Hi Barb,

    So sad. I truly hope your girl is helped completely by the meds and shampoo.

    Unfortunately I do not have advice. It sounds like that is the reason she was given up. No one would ever 

    toss aside a breed so precious and treasured as a Devon, unless they become a real problem. Good luck with your girl. Happy you saved her.Smile.gif

  • Thank you Rainbow for your comments. Rani is doing ok but HATES the sensation of the Auracol between her toes so we are just doing ears first, then we will try one foot at a time (vets advice) And as it is winter we havent shampooed her yet! Will do her itchy bits only and see how that goes. She is obviously sensitive to smells and sensations, so easy does it. The 2 applications we did of the Auracol between her toes definitely improved the Malassezia so thats encouraging. Overall she is a happy cat and thats the important thing! Meows, BarbGrin.gif

    Rainbow said:

    Hi Barb,

    So sad. I truly hope your girl is helped completely by the meds and shampoo.

    Unfortunately I do not have advice. It sounds like that is the reason she was given up. No one would ever 

    toss aside a breed so precious and treasured as a Devon, unless they become a real problem. Good luck with your girl. Happy you saved her.Smile.gif

  • According to veterinary Susanne Åhman who's done scientific research on Malassezia in cats appr. 80% of all Devons and Sphynxes "suffer" from yeast overgrowth. It's rarely more than an aestethic problem, but allergies can worsen it. Devons and Sphynxes probably have a genetic predisposition for Malassezia overgrowt and in most cases you can't expect to cure it (and like I said, most of the time it's not a health problem for the cat just an aestethic problem).

    If there's an underlaying cause such as allergies managing the allergy should reduce the overgrowth but it will probably maintain to some degree even when the underlaying cause is well managed.

    So most devons will test positive for Malassezia overgrowth without it actually being a problem. It's more or less normal. In your case of course it can be related to the allergy.

    I've had a young Devon with Malassezia overgrowth and we treated him quite aggressively orally with itraconazole. 7 days on and 7 days off with a total of 21 days of oral treatment. After that his skin had cleared up perfectly and he could be managed with Malaseb once a week. If he wasn't bathed with Malaseb once a week the yeast came back. He was never bothered about it though.

  • Thank you Matilda for your advice. We did bath Rani in the Malaseb. She reacted by pulling out chunks of her fur-obviously didnt like the feeling.. we did it properly and rinsed off very well. We do have an appointment with a Specialist Vetinerary Dermatologist but realistically we think she is just an itchy girl. It isnt really bad, but we would like her to feel the best she can so will see what happens, appreciate your input, meows, Barb

  • Depending on severe the overgrowth is it might be good to start off with itraconazole and since she doesn't seem to tolerate Malaseb you can try MalAcetic wet wipes instead, or another fungal schampoo but the wet wipes are very practical and they don't contain the same active substance as Malaseb.

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