Is your cat constantly itching, chewing, and licking its skin? It could be allergies! Allergy triggers in cats can be tricky to diagnose.

Allergies in Denver, CO

Allergy-induced skin conditions are the most common reasons we see cats. Allergens affect cats just like they do humans.

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Pet Allergies

Your cat may experience itching, scratching, and hot spots – these are all allergy indicators. Allergies are common and treatable. However, left untreated, they can become a serious health condition for your cat.

What are common allergens in cats?

Flea – Flea bites cause an intense allergic reaction resulting in itchy skin.

Food – Something in your cat’s diet triggers reactions such as itchy skin, diarrhea, or other gastrointestinal problems…even behavioral problems.

Environmental – An allergen or foreign substance is inhaled or makes contact with the skin causing extremely itchy skin. This can lead to skin infections or skin injuries from excessive scratching. Common triggers are trees, grass, weed pollens, mold, and dust. Environmental allergies in cats are typically seasonal.

What are common allergens in cats?

  • Tree Pollen
  • Dust Mites
  • Fleas
  • Grasses
  • Mold
  • Cockroaches
  • Cleaning Products
  • Perfumes
  • Household materials and fabrics
What are common allergy symptoms?

  • Itchy, red skin
  • Hives
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Ear infections
  • Noticeable increase in scratching
  • Constant chewing or licking of paws

How do we treat cats with allergies?

After identifying the allergen, we will develop a program to eliminate the source of the allergen in your cat’s environment. After a thorough exam and testing, our vets may prescribe one of the following relief options for your cat:

  • Antihistamines combined with essential fatty acids
  • Anti-itch conditioners
  • Topical steroid sprays
  • Oral steroids
  • Anti-itch prescriptions
  • Recommend an evaluation by a board-certified veterinary dermatologist
  • A prescription diet food