Seasonal Allergies and Asthma

Does your cat suffer from allergies?

Many animals may develop allergies to things in the environment - indoor or outdoor as well as to insects, other animals and food ingredients. Did you know that an "allergy flare" can set the groundwork for ear infections, skin infections, gi upset and more?

Symptoms:

  • eye discharge
  • coughing (asthma, bronchitis)
  • sneezing
  • scratching
  • ear infections
  • skin infections
  • anal gland issues
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea

Testing: a complete physical examination provides baseline information, ear cytology for ear infections, various eye tests to rule out other eye problems, skin cytology. Allergy testing is available - a simple blood test may identify many of the things driving your cat's "allergy flare".

Treatment: We treat any secondary infections while trying to control the underlying allergy that is driving them. De-sensitization injections are available for some environmental allergies. Limiting exposure is the key to control for all allergies and the only solution with flea and food allergies.

Feline Asthma:  In particular, cats are susceptible to asthma.  This is a chronic condition that we manage, but cannot cure.  If left untreated, permanent changes occur in the airways making it increasingly difficult for the cat to get move air out of the lungs as well as leading to build ups of mucous in the lower airways.  

The video below demonstrates an asthma 'cough' that owners often mistaken for their cat trying, unsuccessfully, to bring up a hairball:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkebV2tv_cs

I also recommend you visit Cornell Universities website for more information:

http://www.vet.cornell.edu/fhc/Health_Information/felineasthmawhatyounee...

 

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