Q. My cat has hair loss and large red welts on tummy she only licks the area not scratch which makes it redder

A. There are a number of reasons cats develop skin irritation and persistent licking. The large red welts are often indicators of an internal or external allergy response and it would be advisable to arrange for sampling of these to investigate for 'eosinophilic plaque complex' which requires medication in order to reduce the irritation and discomfort and allow the area to heal. Parasitic and bacterial infections can also cause significant skin irritation and these would also be investigated with the same tests. An elizabethan collar may need to be applied temporarily, along with medication ointments in order to allow healing; an omega fatty acid supplement may also help to promote recovery of skin and coat and reduce inflammation

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