Cat Allergy TreatmentIs Your Cat Allergic?
Just as humans can have allergies, so, too, can cats. In fact, they are often allergic to many of the same things people are allergic to including pollen, mold, dust, and food proteins. And just as humans can be allergic to cat dander, cats can be allergic to human dander (the dead skin flakes that humans shed).
Cat allergy symptoms
Allergies in cats are primarily manifest through atopic dermatitis (atopy) which causes rashes and itching. The itching can lead to “hot spots” which are inflamed patches that can become infected. Cats often lick and chew at the uncomfortable, inflamed areas, increasing the chances for infection to develop.
Other symptoms of cat allergy can include feline acne, paw chewing, sneezing, wheezing, a drippy nose, watery eyes, and vomiting or diarrhea.
What causes cat allergies
Allergies in cats develop when their immune system mistakenly identifies harmless pollens as dangerous germs. In an attempt to defend itself, the cat’s immune system releases an arsenal of chemicals into the body to protect itself. The chemicals do more harm than good, though, inflaming tissues in ways that lead to miserable allergy symptoms.
Allergy dermatitis treatment
On the bright side, cat allergy treatment can bring relief. Allergy immunotherapy can help desensitize your cat to allergens in the environment so they stop overreacting to them. Immunotherapy is available through allergy injections/allergy shots for cats or through PALLERGY oral allergy drops (also known as sublingual immunotherapy for cats). The drops work much like shots only they can be dosed as oral drops that absorb into the
bloodstream through cells in the mouth. The drops are safer than allergy shots (lower risk of anaphylactic reaction) and simple to administer.
Cat allergy testing?
Allergy veterinarians may start the allergy treatment process with allergy testing, though beware of false negatives and positives. (Cat allergy testing is famously unreliable.) PALLERGY drops are designed to protect pets against all major allergens in the U.S., regardless of whether or not their sensitivities are accurately reflected in test results.
Talk to your allergy vet today about PALLERGY drops for cat allergies.