Hi all. First post on here. I did do a search but didn't find exactly the problem I'm having with my cat.
Our cat, Karl, has been excessively licking one spot on his right front leg. To the point where it is very raw and red looking. This has happened once before (he was actually looking two spots on his right front leg, slightly different area then where he is currently licking). The first time, the vet gave him a shot of cortisone and a shot of antibiotics since it looked like he was starting to get a skin infection. Seemed to do the trick, and it started looking much better immediately (and he stopped licking as much). Well, it's been a couple of months now, and he has this new spot going again. Took him to the vet yesterday. Vet gave him another shot of cortisone, and wants to put him on this oral medication called Atopica - one dose every other day - for the rest of his life.
I'm just looking for some advice or some confirmation that this is the right path? I hate to put him on a medication for the rest of his life if he doesn't need it! Not to mention it costs $40 for enough to last us a little less than a month. I asked the vet about trying to change his food to a hypoallergenic one, and he didn't seem to think it was that great of an idea. Karl (and are other cat) currently eat Purina Complete Cat Chow.
So, any ideas?
Thanks in advance!