Question from 3-9-17
My cat has severe unexplained allergies around her face and ears. Currently, we give her a topic which is very expensive.I have heard that you can give cats Benadryl for allergies. Is that true? If so what would the dosage be? If not is there anything else that can be given?
Atopy or allergic inhalant dermatitis or environmental allergies
Atopy is one of the most common causes of itching in dogs and cats. It is a result of an inherited predisposition to develop allergic reactions to environmental substances. These are the same allergens (dust mites, pollens, your pets quality molds, insect particles and animal dander)that result in human allergic conditions such as hay fever or asthma. For most pets the condition is life-long and like hay fever or allergic asthma in humans, it is not curable but can be your pet’s quality of life.
Breed predilection: Certain breeds have a higher incidence such as Golden Retrievers, Boxers, Labrador Retrievers, most terriers and Bichon Frise; however any breed can be affected. The most common sign is itching and dogs will scratch, bite, lick, chew, roll, rub themselves and shake their heads. Infections, sores, rashes, and odor all result from this self-trauma and lead to secondary bacterial and or yeast infections. Areas most commonly affected are paws, face, and ears, armpits and belly. Sometimes it will just be chronic ear infections. Signs can be seasonal or all year round
Diagnosis: Since the symptoms can present similarly to other itchy conditions such as parasitic diseases, infections, flea allergy and food allergy, diagnosis is based on typical history and clinical findings along with a blood test to rule out any and all underlying systemic diseases. Allergy testing is only used to determine treatment but is not used to diagnose. Intradermal testing will show what allergens your pet is allergic to and then used to formulate injection to hypersensitize the pet.