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November 10, 2009

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Elizabeth Mozo

What do you do for a german shephard with Fiberglass Dermatitis?

Gerald

Does (or did, given the how long ago this was posted) your neighbor's cat have longer fur? I'm in East Oregon and have been looking after a stray with long fur. It's been snowing the past week and the cat has been showing up with bits of insulation in its fur. So apparently it finds some kind of shelter when I'm at work...I'm just hoping the insulation isn't too harmful because this cat will not tolerate grooming, and I've tried it with metalworking gloves and puncture sleeves...

Doc

Hello, Gerald,
The cat had your basic domestic short-hair (aka "alley cat")short cat hair.

It's direct contact with skin and fibers that causes the irritation. They are prickly.

They'll fester out eventually. If the cat isn't traumatizing itself, I wouldn't expect any problems.

Ruth Rackley

I have a collie that go in contact with insulation and just layed in it. He started itching and also pulling his hair out and biting himself. We took him to the vet and he gave him a steroid injection. It seemed to help but it is worse now. What can I do at home to make him better. He is a yard dog & doesn't come in the house at all.

Doc

Hello, Ruth,
If you haven't already given him a good bath, you should do that.

Benadryl may help a little, sometimes it just makes them too sleepy to scratch, but at least the dog gets some rest. Check with your veterinarian for an appropriate dose.

It will take some time for the fibers to work their way out. I don't know anything else to do right now.

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