My Cat Has Allergies - A Summary Of Treatments
Summary Of Treatments
Our cat has severe allergies. So severe that he licked his skin until he had no fur and open sores. It took over two years but the Vets and Dermatologists were finally able to treat him. Here is a summary of the treatments used.
- Flea Allergies - The most common cause of cats biting and licking their skin is flea allergies. Our cat did not have fleas but this is always a good first step.
- Food Allergies - The Vet next checked for food allergies. This consisted of several weeks of special food trials. After two separate trials we determined that he was not allergic to any foods.
- Steroid Shots - The Vet gave our cat steroid shots to temporarily reduce the symptoms. This worked well for a while but soon the required dosage increased to an unacceptable level. This was halted as the Vet grew concerned about his health.
- Mites - These cause scratching and licking similar to allergies. None were found on his skin during a visual inspection.
- Amitryptilin - This was prescribed to break our cat of any possible obsessive licking out of habit. Cats are very much creatures of habit so doing this helped ensure he had not just gotten used to licking after the problem was solved.
- Steroid Pills - A new type of steroid was prescribed to temporarily alleviate his allergic reactions. This was used in conjunction with the Amitryptilin.
- Allergy Testing - The Dermatologist did allergy testing but did not find out which allergen caused his reactions.
- Cyclosporine - A drug used in humans to prevent rejection in organ transplant patients. It helps suppress the immune system and has successfully controlled his allergies for several years now.
- Medicated Lyme-Sulfur Dips - Dips kill any possible mites. Detection of mites is difficult so this treatment is often used for diagnosis.
- Skin Scrape - The Dermatologist analyzed samples of his skin to check for mites. The test results came back negative again.
- Wellness Cat Food - Our kitty began a diet of all-natural Wellness cat food to strengthen his immune system. We feel the change to a better diet also really helped manage his allergy problems. He has eaten Wellness for several years now.
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