Itching is a common allergy symptom in cats and often manifests into other symptoms initiated by a variety of environmental, household, and food triggers. Environmental allergies are caused by allergens such as pollen due to seasonal and climate changes. These factors not only worsen the allergy, they also cause the allergens to fester in cases such as flea bites. Symptoms include sneezing, vomiting, red or scaly skin, hair loss, itchy or runny eyes, snoring caused by an inflamed throat, swollen paws, and constant licking.
Allergen levels in house dust mite allergy are at their highest between May and October, the peak breeding season of house dust mites. Most of the mites die during the winter, but the allergen-containing dust is stirred up by heating systems. This often causes the symptoms experienced by affected patients year-round to worsen during the winter.
Allergies are triggered by diverse environmental, dietary, and seasonal factors. Although hyposensitization therapy is often the best option to clear up an allergy, there are many ways to reduce symptoms and increase treatment effectiveness. It should be noted that, although these tips and tricks will decrease allergy symptoms, they alone cannot be the only treatment option. Best results are observed when these tips and tricks are used concurrently with hyposensitization therapy.
Once allergy testing has been completed, a diet trial and hyposensitization are 2 other important elements of a proper allergy workup. This article will dig deeper into diet's role as part of an effective allergy management strategy.
To successfully treat allergy or atopy in dogs, cats and horses, a multi-modal approach is often required. This includes environmental control, topical control, systemic treatment and allergen-specific immunotherapy. Although environmental control is just one part of the multifaceted treatment, there are a number of measures that can be taken.
Animals can be allergic or sensitive for pollen from many different grasses, plants and trees, but which pollen are causing the most frequent sensitisation in animals? Artuvet had a look in their database with serum test results for the past two years and created a list of the top 10 pollen for dogs, cats and horses.