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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.

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  • Sad to hear your little man is so bothered by it, I hope he recovers soon.

    From how you describe it, it may well be urticaria, also known as 'Devon bumps'.

    Do you have a photo of the rash?

    My own pretty bald boy Pixie often has rashes I have long suspected to be urticaria, but I don't really know for sure. Pixie's not bothered by them. On him it's only small patches, predominantly between chin and sternum, it comes up quickly and itches a bit, and is just as quickly gone again too, so far I haven't felt the need to consult a vet.

    Pixie is the only one of my 4 devs affected, I've never noticed anything on the others (2 with lots of fur, 1 without). I have no clue to what brings it on in Pixie, haven't been able to find a pattern yet.

    Cooked mince and cheese, hmm that wouldn't have been my choice ;-). I hope the RC kitten kibble helps.

     

  • He sounds exactly like my Annie and my vet doesnt know what it could be from. I always thought it was allergies as she is fine in the winter months but just over the past couple of weeks the rash has returned leading to believe possibly seasonal allergies were at play. I have given her benedryl upon the advise of the vet but she gets terrible diarrhea from it. Today she is scratching her neck again and she is bleeding. She has been like this since she was very small and she is a black smoke with a very very sparse coat. My other devon has a plush coat and never has these problems either. I am going to google Urticaria Pigmentosa right now and do some research too!! Glad to hear im not alone!

     

    Dawn

  • I have read a little bit so far and it seems adding EFAs such as Omega 3 can really help but it can take a month or more to see results. Also asking the vet to prescribe prednisolone will help too but i am going to try adding Omega 3 to her diet...just trying to find out how to add this to her diet...maybe some fish oil capsules...not too sure yet...
  • http://www.biessea.com/upload/vde_370.pdf 

     

    Very interesting read....jotted down notes to take to the vet!!

     

  • Interesting link Dawn.
  • I had a similar issue with my cat...turns out he is allergic to grain.  Even getting a few cheap kitty treats with grain will make the rash come up. Had a allergy tests and was told that it was nothing environmental and likely food based.

     

    All grain free food and not using corn litter-- changed to clay, helped.  To get rid of the rash, he was put on a short does of prednisone and it went away quickly.

  • I've seen devons respond well to raw meat, wild venison especially.  Organic beef stew meat cut up in tiny pieces is also good.  My vet does not like this idea, but I've seen good results and so have other breeders I know.  One said her cats runny eyes got well completely after putting them on the raw meat diet,  she uses a recipe of chicken and taurine and veggies, etc.

    My cats had bad gas before I put them on the raw meat, now they rarely have it.  They still eat Royal Canin dry food, but get raw meat twice a day.

    The fish oil gel caps is also a good suggestion.  My cats love it just squirted on there dry food or one can food.  Also applying vit. e oil to the rash helps heal it and even if they lick it off, it still helps. 

  • We also had a Great Dane that had to be on the lamb and rice dry food to get rid of her rash.  As long as we stayed on that she was fine.

    My female devon had a rash under her chin and I discovered it was from food stuck in her fur there.  I started washing her chin after she eats and she quit having it.  Now I just keep and eye on it and if I see anything I just wash her chin and so far she's stayed clear of any more rashes. 

    We had another cat who was allergic to the plastic food and water bowls we were using.  I've since only used glass or stainless steel and had no more recurrences.

     

  • I use grain free food now too but nothing seems to help Annie, another rash has come up and its not the chin its around her neck and she will scratch it until it bleeds and there are thick scabs and her belly is caked full of thick rash. I dont believe its food allergy but I will definitely get her tested for that as well. I do use corn litter as I hate clay but if thats what it happens to be I will make the switch back. Thanks ladies for adding to this thread..its very frustrating for sure. 

     

    Dawn


  • Thanks for your reply Barbara.. and sorry for my late reply! I'm a little new to this. I don't have a current photo of the rash but could definitely put one up.  It did improve over last week but has now flared up again with rather large (6mm diameter)red welts over most of his underside and armpits. So I'm still not sure why he has it?


    Barbara said:

    Sad to hear your little man is so bothered by it, I hope he recovers soon.

    From how you describe it, it may well be urticaria, also known as 'Devon bumps'.

    Do you have a photo of the rash?

    My own pretty bald boy Pixie often has rashes I have long suspected to be urticaria, but I don't really know for sure. Pixie's not bothered by them. On him it's only small patches, predominantly between chin and sternum, it comes up quickly and itches a bit, and is just as quickly gone again too, so far I haven't felt the need to consult a vet.

    Pixie is the only one of my 4 devs affected, I've never noticed anything on the others (2 with lots of fur, 1 without). I have no clue to what brings it on in Pixie, haven't been able to find a pattern yet.

    Cooked mince and cheese, hmm that wouldn't have been my choice ;-). I hope the RC kitten kibble helps.

     

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