Having Allergies from Pets
To make our cats free from diseases we make them vaccine. But what vaccinations do cats need yearly. What I wanted to talk about was antihistamines. Antihistamines is something that people use a lot when their pets have allergies and you can try it at home. Antihistamines are relatively safe, they may cause drowsiness but they are over-the-counter medication. Now what’s interesting is I’ve seen a lot of animals with allergies and I’ve seen some people use antihistamine and it can completely control the allergies even when they’re quite severe, others use antihistamines and they don’t work at all and there’s a reason for this. As it turns out dogs will respond to certain antihistamine but not others.
So what we’ve done here is we’ve put a chart that lists the common antihistamines that you can buy at your local human pharmacy and we’ve also shown the dosage that you would administer based on your dog’s weight. The reason I’m mentioning this about dogs as well is antihistamines in cats I’d be very cautious about them and I’d certainly work with your vet when you’re using antiistamines in cats, they’re much more sensitive to them and can be potentially dangerous. So with dogs they’re very very safe and you can use this chart to try different antihistamines. The instructions are there but what I want you to do is pick an antihistamine, use it to the amount that it says and try it for a good two weeks and then evaluate did this work? Did this help things? And if not, you stop it and potentially move on to the next one.
This is just one treatment that you can do to try to improve the allergic issues in your pet. There are many other treatments to try and you’ll be able to read about those on our website and also hear about them in our general video on allergies. It’s really important that you don’t become frustrated treating allergies in your pet. It’s very difficult, you’ve got to have a lot of patience and it’s a lot of trial and error but it can really improve your pets quality of life if you get this under control
Did you know that allergies affect an estimated 24 million dogs and cats in North America? In fact, almost 21 percent of all visits to veterinarians are related to allergies. Allergies are caused by an overactive immune system responding to things in the environment that normally are harmless. The substances that trigger allergic responses are called allergens and include: plant pollen, animal dander, and yes, many ingredients in our pet foods. How can you detect if your pet may have an allergy? Look for skin irritations like a dermatitis which is the most common symptom in dogs.
Look for intense itching and scratching, feet licking and chewing, face rubbing, hair loss, rashes skin abscesses, and even infections. 40% of allergic cats demonstrate similar symptoms to the dog. Cats often will excessively groom themselves causing hair loss. Some cats may display even more intense irritations such as: feline acne, eosino philic plaques, or granulomatous respiratory conditions including asthma, sneezing, nasal discharge, and watery eyes Food allergies are the most likely cause of allergic symptoms in dogs under one year of age. Those symptoms include: Inflamed ears, excessive feet licking, generalized itching, and even gastritis and in some cases vomiting and diarrhea.
Allergies can easily turn into secondary infections; hair loss, dermatological disorders and a lot of discomfort for your pet. Since food is such a common allergic trigger, I also encourage you to click the optimum nutrition link to learn more about what foods are good, which can cause problems, and why.
Is it bad when cats sneeze a lot? It certainly could be bad. There are several different reasons why cats sneeze. It can be anything from simple allergies to a full blown respiratory infection. How can I tell the difference? Does your cat have a runny nose? Or is sneezing the only symptom? I think she is just sneezing. That is a very good sign. When cats gets cold, it really becomes serious pretty quickly. Is there anything else I should be on the look out for? Check her eyes to see if there is drainage coming from them.
Too much eye snot is not a good sign. Should I check the temperature to see for a fever? Yes that is always a good idea. Also, check to see if she is lethargic or will not eat. Those are also signs she is not feeling well. What if she has lost her appetite?
So there are reasons besides that cold that she could be sneezing? Some cats may have allergies just like us humans. If it continues for several days, you should have her checked out. Because she surely deserves some relief.