Is Your Cat Suffering from Allergies?

You might not think of allergies when you think of common cat health problems, but in reality, cats are susceptible to the same kinds of allergies that people and dogs can develop. Cats with allergies can be extremely uncomfortable and begin to act out because of the irritation. If you think your cat could have allergies, it’s important to consult your veterinarian as soon as possible for diagnosis and treatment. Chastain Vet Med Grp has offices in Dallas and McKinney / Frisco and we would happy to help. Here is a look at what cat parents need to know about allergies.

The symptoms cats experience when they have allergies can be very similar to what humans go through. Your cat may sneeze, cough, and wheeze, or develop itchy or runny eyes. Ear infections are common, as is snoring and sniffling brought on by congestion. More commonly in cats the skin is the target organ of allergies. If the skin becomes irritated, your cat may chew his or her paws or develop swollen paws that seem sensitive. In some cases, vomiting and diarrhea can be linked to allergies. Some cats will develop numerous small scabs around the head and neck as a result of allergies. If your cat has these kinds of symptoms, set up an appointment with your veterinarian.

Common Allergens
Like people, cats can be allergic to pollen, plants, grass, mold, and mildew. Allergies to household cleaning products and foods are also possible. Some cats are allergic to certain types of cat litters, while other may have an allergic reaction to flea-control products, fleas themselves, or prescribed medications. Perfumes and colognes can also trigger allergy symptoms.

Diagnosis and Treatment
Your veterinarian will do a physical exam and possibly blood work to determine if your cat is suffering from allergies. In some cases, it may be necessary to identify the cause by trial and error, such as by changing your cat’s diet and seeing if symptoms subside. If your cat is having a skin allergy, he or she may need to see a specialist. Eliminating the allergen, when possible, is the best treatment. Antihistamines, steroids, and allergy injections may also be needed.

Is your cat showing the symptoms of an allergy? If so, schedule a visit to Chastain Veterinary Medical Group. Our team of veterinarians can diagnose and treat your pet’s allergy issues. To learn more about our pet hospital, please call Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney / Frisco at (972) – 529-5033 or Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas at (469) 759-7620.

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