Four weeks a go my sister and I introduced a new devon rex boy 'Wiley' into our home (at 10 weeks old). He is a seal point point with a very fine almost sparse coat around his neck and undercarriage. We noticed him scratching at his neck about a week after having him and upon closer inspection we realised he had a red, lumpy rash around his neck and underside. The lumps are a little raised red spots about 3-4mm in diameter. We have had it inspected by a vet who ordered cultures, prescribed antibiotics and Maliseb (antiseptic/antifungal) wash which seems to sooth the rash for about 24 hours but then he is scratching himself again. When he scratches, the lumps around his neck break and bleed. Poor little fella!! He is so cute and tiny and we feel so sorry for him. The vet had no clue as to what the rash was, however when we returned home I madly googled everything about devons and skin rashes and stumbled upon a condition called 'Urticaria Pigmentosa' which sounds very fitting to his condition. Apparentely it's a hereditary condition particular to some devon rex pure breeds that can be exacerbated by dietary deficiencies. Is it possible that devons with finer coats are more susceptible? Our 4 year old torti devon has a fully thick curly coat and has never had any problems with her skin.
Up until 10 weeks our baby boy had been fed cooked mince and cheese??? however we have now put him on the Royal Canin Kitten dry food in a hope that he will recover and develop as healthily and strong as possible. So far we havent seen any difference. HELP!!!
Does anyone have any knowledge or experience with this condition. Your help or advice would be very much appreciated. We don't want to see our little bubby suffer with this nasty itchy rash anymore.