Superficial juvenile pustular dermatitis is superficial pyoderma of cats caused by Pasteurella multocida and various beta-hemolytic streptococci. No underlying cause has been identified. Although P. multocida can cause infections to humans via bite wounds from cats, it primarily causes skin infections on cats.
Dermatological signs are characterised by non-follicular pustules associated with epidermal collarettes, mainly on the dorsum and trunk. Systemic signs are rare. P. multocida or beta-hemolytic streptococci may be isolated on bacterial culture. Histopathological examination of skin biopsies demonstrates the presence of non-follicular pustules containing lots of degenerate neutrophils.
Treatment involves giving a suitable antibiotic for about 3 weeks.
- ↑ Guaguere, E & Prelaud, P (2005) A practical guide to feline dermatology. Merial, France