Let me start by saying I was a Devon breeder for many years, and Iam a vet nurse. What I am about to post was done with Veterinary supervision, may not work for all Devons, but is so remarkable that I have to let you all know. I apologise for the length of this, but I want to give you all a clear picture.
About 5 year ago whilst I was still breeding I purchased two kittens from a breeder in NSW for breeding girls. One died of fip, and the other one was sparsely covered and began to get sores on her flanks.
10/1/08 I took her into work to show my vet as she had hairless areas and small scabby lumps on her stomach. She was given a course of antibiotics.
31/1/08 she had skin scrapes, no parisites were found.
6/2/08 she had bloods taken, and skin scrapes were sent to Idexx for culture, in case it was ringworm. No ringworm found,
3/4/08 Her skin was now a lot worse, her tummy was covered in a red rash, lots of small lumps, and her skin was greasy. Biopsies of her skin were taken and sent ot a lab for testing. She was diagnosed with Urticaria pigmentosa. Recommended treatment prednisone. I was relucant to go this route because of the side effects of pred.
10/4/08 Antibiotics, periactin, and malaseb baths
2/5/08 Megaderm was added
4/6/08 started atopica
this combination in different forms went on until july
2/8/08 More blood tests all ok
16/10/08 Spey (couldn't possibly use her for breeding)
10/11/08 No choice, start pred, skin improved as expected
10/3/09 skin worse, stop pred, start food trial Hills zd
All through rest of 09/10, zd, antibiotics, skin a little better
8/2/11 skin worsened antibiotics and steroid injections
2/6/11 change food to Royal Canin low allergenic, skin slightly better, poo definately better ;-)
7/7/11 more steriods
4/10/11 paw essential 6 (omega 3 + 6)
8/12/11 trial cortavance which is a steroid cream - no change
Here is where it gets interesting
20/6/12 Start acupuncture for 8 weekly sessions, at week 6 great improvement. Rash only on lower part of tummy and inside back legs. 10 days after last session bad again.
9/9/12 My vet had a phone discussion with an alternate medicine vet in NSW. My cat was diagnosed (over the phone) as a fire cat. Her diet of dry food was a "hot" diet, she needed cooling foods, and some chinese herbs.
Recommended food was Vet's all natural or Barf,
11/10/12 i started her on Raw 76 food with a 1/4 of a teaspoon of xiao yao san, and stopped antibiotics
within 1 week i saw improvement.
2 weeks she looked super
around this time I changed to Barf cat rabbit, as she decided she didn't like the Raw 76 anymore
30/11/12 I stopped the chinese herbs, to see if the food alone would be enough
1/12/12 small red spot on tummy, started herbs again
Now her skin is absolutely clear, it now looks like the skin on a babies bum :-), I cannot tell you how happy she is now, she is putting on weight, her personality has changed, she is brilliant.
After nearly 5 years of trying nearly everything the vet could think of, she was sorted out by another vet on the phone, she didn't even see my cat.
I have before and after pic's which are amazing.
If this information helps just one other Devon I will be more than pleased.
Thanks for reading