Felis ISSN 2398-2950

Stud tail

Synonym(s): Feline tail gland hyperplasia

Contributor(s): Michael Herrtage, Rosanna Marsella, Ian Mason, David Scarff

Introduction

  • Cause: an accumulation of excess tail gland secretions.
  • Most commonly, but not always, affects entire male cats.
  • Signs: greasy matted hair with scale and crust formation in a line along the dorsal surface of the tail Stud tail .
  • Treatment: clipping, application of antiseborrheic shampoos and treating any bacterial infection.

Pathogenesis

Etiology

  • Unknown.

Predisposing factors

General

  • Confinement to cattery or small enclosure especially indoors only.

Pathophysiology

  • Excess secretion of secretions from the sebaceous and apocrine glands of the tail   →   matting of the hair and formation of scales and crusts   →   possible secondary bacterial infection due to follicular plugging.
  • Failure of normal grooming.

Diagnosis

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Treatment

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Prevention

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Outcomes

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Foil C S (1995) Facial, pedal, and other regional dermatoses. Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract​ 25 (4), 923-944 PubMed.


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