We frequently see cats for the diagnosis and treatment of allergies. Common signs include itching,
- ear problems,
- vomiting and diarrhea, and
- coughing and difficulty breathing.
Many cats have suffered their whole lives.
A discussion of the cat’s history of signs and response to prior treatments can make us suspect allergies.
In addition to a thorough physical exam, the following tests help zero in on a specific diagnosis:
- skin cytology,
- blood tests for digestive function, and
- x-rays of lungs or GI tract
There are 3 major causes of allergies:
- environmental items
For cats with skin or respiratory signs, serum allergy testing may give a specific list of allergens.
Although steroids can provide rapid relief from allergy signs, long-term steroids have significant health risks, including diabetes and other hormonal problems.
In the past few years, there have been many exciting developments, including:
Information on serum allergy testing and hyposensitization
Interactive allergy map
Fascinating video tour of common allergens
Atopica – http://us.atopica.com/en/index-cat.aspx#cat
Some commonly prescribed diets for food allergies: