Address: 15 McLeod Rd, Carrum VIC 3197

Milary Dermatitis

This is a skin disease which affects cats.  It is quite common and it can affect cats of any age, sex or breed.

Clinical Symptoms:

The disease will usually cause a mild papular (lumpy) reaction to the skin.  They almost resemble crusty pimples and are usually detected when stroking the cat.

The back, neck and groin areas are commonly affected, but in severe cases the entire body can be involved.

The cat may also groom excessively and have hair loss around the affected areas.

The skin may be itchy and irritated.

Increased fur ball vomiting may occur.

The skin sometimes becomes thickened.


In around 80% of cases, flea bite sensitivity is the cause of miliary dermatitis.  This means an allergy due to fleas.  Reactions occur to components of flea saliva.

In few cases, other causes may be found but can be more difficult to diagnose, eg. food allergies, psychological problems, hormonal disorders.


If fleas are suspected as the cause then a very thorough flea control program needs to be adhered to.  We may need to prescribe a course of cortisone-based drugs to control the irritation caused by the allergy. Treatment is usually very successful but in some cases they may need to be maintained at a low level for life with regular annual check-ups (as these drugs can have long-term side effects).

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Contact Us

Address: 15 McLeod Rd, Carrum

Monday 8am - 7pm
Tuesday 8am - 7pm
Wednesday 8am - 7pm
Thursday 8am - 7pm
Friday 8am - 6pm
Saturday 8am - midday
Sunday/Public Holidays Closed
Phone 9772 0777

Emergencies can be very stressful. Try and remain calm and phone for help. 9772 0777 or after hours please the Animal Emergency Centre in Frankston-9770 5555 or Highett-9532 5261


Did you know that the most important time for social development is the first four months of your pups life? Socialisation is often not easy to do safely when your pup is not fully covered with vaccinations.  Our classes are a fabulous way to safely socialise your new puppy.

Our classes are generally held weekly and they run for one hour over four weeks. Our fee is $150.


Just for Cats. We are proud to be able to offer our feline patients a "Cat only" area in our waiting room.


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