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UPDATE to original thread re: skin issues with Layla

ArlosMom

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Here is the original thread Skin issues with my 4 months old girl--still a mystery! HELP!

Wanted to post an update; Layla had bloodwork done as well as a skin biopsy (vet felt it was the best way to get an exact cause and move forward with a potential solution) as she's been suffering waaay too long. As some of you know, she's had these skin issues before she even came home and was still at the breeder. Breeder initially guessed and said it was simply a bacterial infection due to the mom overlicking her. How wrong she was! It was determined that she has Urticaria pigmentosa/allergic miliary dermatitis. She will be starting on prednisolone today and should see improvement relatively quickly. Hopes are that this goes into remission with the treatment and she can eventually be weaned off of the steroid treatment. The poor angel has been suffering so badly lately and especially uncomfortable after her skin biopsy as she did have to get stitched up a bit and has been wearing a "wrap" of sorts around her little neck. She was finally back to her old self last night for the first time in a while. Most nights she has spent itching and miserable and had even been acting somewhat lethargic. Luckily through it all, her appetite was good and she didn't lose any weight or anything like that. I am so happy she's back to her old self and look forward to seeing further improvement with the addition of the corticosteroid. I will update once we get going on the steroid treatment but I feel good about this since we did get a specific diagnosis finally. YAY! Thank you everyone for always being there for Layla and I. I hope this is the end of the issue, but will certainly keep everyone posted in this thread.
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@ArlosMom wow, what an ordeal you and Layla have been through to finally find out what it was. I'm glad you've got an answer. I pray that the prednisolone will help her be a normal kitten. She deserves it and so do you, Mom.

Thanks for the update, give that precious baby hugs and kisses from me and my nakeds.
 

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Thank you for the update. You and Layla have been through a lot. All fingers and paws crossed the presnisolone will help Layla. Sending lots of healing vibes and a big hug to you.
 

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You are such a wonderful momma @ArlosMom
You've taken such great care of Layla since the beginning...it's so wonderful to read this update and for you to finally have some answers. I hope the steroids help and she can get back to being a normal kitty and itch free soon enough!
Thank you so much for your update!
Sending big hugs your way! :) :)
 

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I am so so glad you have finally found out what, is wrong, with her.
Now, I pray her treatment, starts giving her relief, immediately.
She deserves it so much. Bless her heart. I know you are relieved
You have worked hard, to, find out, what, is going on with her.
I'm happy for you both. Yes, keep us updated.
 

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I am glad you got a diagnosis. And with management her condition will improve. My best to you both.
 

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Things are def. improving with the pred. Hopefully it will go into remission and we will be able to discontinue the pred. My fear is that she will have to be on it long term, but we'll cross that bridge when we get there. In the meantime, itching has stopped and she seems so much happier. I am so grateful to have a diagnosis and solution but a bit annoyed with myself that I didn't do the testing sooner to figure this out. But very happy my baby isn't suffering any longer. :)
 

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Things are def. improving with the pred. Hopefully it will go into remission and we will be able to discontinue the pred. My fear is that she will have to be on it long term, but we'll cross that bridge when we get there. In the meantime, itching has stopped and she seems so much happier. I am so grateful to have a diagnosis and solution but a bit annoyed with myself that I didn't do the testing sooner to figure this out. But very happy my baby isn't suffering any longer. :)

@ArlosMom please don't beat yourself up about not having her tested earlier. You can't do anything about that now and you finally got a dx and prednisolone which is already making a great improvement. Take one day at a time and just be happy that Layla's skin is feeling more and more comfortable every day now.

You are a terrific sphynx mom and you have certainly gone out of your way to take good care of her. Don't forget that. :)
 

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She is doing terrific @Yoda mom ! No more itching..she's a happy girl and one happy mama here!! My vet is still consulting with the pathologist and dermatology specialists at the lab as well as the vet I saw at U of I. After further review, they are unsure about her exact diagnosis for some reason.. they still think it is an allergic dermatitis but are trying to get a more specific answer as to "why" she is having this at such a young age. I think about what will happen after she stops taking the prednisolone and if the skin issues will return. I suppose just take one day at a time and be thankful she is no longer suffering!! And thank you @GoldHazel ..for your kind words! Thank you everyone for always being there and having my back!! I could not have gotten through this without this wonderful community!!
 

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@ArlosMom
So glad to hear she is doing better. Whatever her diagnosis I hope you can get on a plan that provides lots of relief to her.
Still keeping you all in my thoughts and looking for updates
 

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She is doing terrific @Yoda mom ! No more itching..she's a happy girl and one happy mama here!! My vet is still consulting with the pathologist and dermatology specialists at the lab as well as the vet I saw at U of I. After further review, they are unsure about her exact diagnosis for some reason.. they still think it is an allergic dermatitis but are trying to get a more specific answer as to "why" she is having this at such a young age. I think about what will happen after she stops taking the prednisolone and if the skin issues will return. I suppose just take one day at a time and be thankful she is no longer suffering!! And thank you @GoldHazel ..for your kind words! Thank you everyone for always being there and having my back!! I could not have gotten through this without this wonderful community!!

@ArlosMom I'm VERY happy that Layla can finally be a happy kitten. I pat you on the back for being able to put aside the "what if's" when she's finished taking the prednisolone. I pray that these doctors find an answer to the exact problem. Thank you a million times for being Layla's mommy. HUGS
 

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So glad she's feeling so much better.
Bless her heart, she has such a hard start in life.
I pray, it, only continues, to, get better for her, from, here on.
Your a great Mum...
 

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So glad she is doing better, I think about her all the time.
It is nice for her to have relief and I hope it will continue and they can figure everything out.
Sending you many hugs!
 

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Such good news to hear. Phew. And yes, with prednisone you just take it day by day. All fingers and paws crossed that Layla can get off the prednisone soon. HUGS!!!! And you're such a great Sphynx Mommy.
 

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@ArlosMom , thinking of you and Layla -
Please keep us updated often and give big Head smooches to Layla amd Arlo from me and the zoo :)
 

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That's great news that she is doing better and continues to improve. Pred can be a lifesaver. Fingers crossed that she continues to improve and does go into a remission so you can get her off the drugs.
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Hi, I'm so pleased that you finally have a diagnosis for your precious girl and that she's had some relief from her discomfort.Can I ask you, although you have a diagnosis do you know the cause of her urticaria pigmentosa/allergic military dermatitis? One of my boys was also diagnosed with this condition.Like you I've had biopsies and bloods, we found that he is allergic to wheat.We give Atopica as treatment and it does keep it at bay but it is still there and sometimes Flaire's up worse than other times.Its very frustrating as all I want to do is make it right for him and I can't.He is comfortable and it's not bothering him but just wondered if you've found any particular trigger to it.
Thanks.x

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