Allergy - Treatment Instructions for Cats
The information below is a general guide for treating allergies in cats. Those instructions that are specific for your cat have been checked.
____Your cat has a flea allergy or has enough fleas to make another allergy problem worse. Flea control is very important and should include treating the cat and its environment. Bear in mind that flea allergies often accompany other types of allergies, especially inhalant allergy (atopy). Year-round monthly flea preventive is recommended for all cats, especially those with flea allergy dermatitis.
Recommended flea control protocol for your cat:
____ Your cat was given an injection of corticosteroids. Relief should be apparent within twelve to twenty-four hours. If not, please call the clinic. The cat should feel better and itch less for about two to four weeks. If an increase in water consumption or urination occurs, please report this to us for future reference. These side effects are common with steroid administration and usually go away in a few days without treatment.
____ Return for further evaluation when the first signs of itching recur.
____ Begin oral corticosteroids when the first signs of itching return. Give ____ tablets every ____ hours for ____ days. If the itching is controlled, decrease the number of tablets given per dose by half, then decrease how often you give the pills per day, in order to determine the lowest effective dose. The goal is to give the medication once every two to three days for maximum safety. If administering every two to three days does not control the itching, adjust the dosage upward until it is relieved, and then try to wean down to the lowest effective dose. The maximum daily dose is ____________________. Stop giving the medication every two to three months to see if there are times of the year when steroid therapy is not needed. Report any increase in water consumption to us at once, as this may be a sign of a complication of steroid usage such as diabetes or Cushing’s disease.
Medication prescribed: _________________________________________________________
____Your cat is to be fed a hypoallergenic diet exclusively. We recommend gradually transitioning to a new diet by increasing the amount of the hypoallergenic diet mixed with the current diet over a one- to two-week period, starting with ¼ of the new diet mixed with ¾ of the old diet and gradually adjusting the proportions until you are feeding only the hypoallergenic diet. If your cat is not eating the new hypoallergenic diet, contact us immediately for an alternative plan. Discontinue any chewable treats or vitamins. Table food is not allowed. If possible, offer only highly purified or distilled water to drink.
____Your cat has a bacterial skin infection secondary to allergic dermatitis. The following treatments have been prescribed:
____Antibiotics are to be used for the next _____ days. If the infection is not gone by the time the medication is completed, call for a refill or for a change in medication.
____The medicated shampoo, __________________________, is to be used every _____ days. Allow the shampoo to stay on the coat for five to ten minutes before thoroughly rinsing the fur.
____The topical medication, _____________________________, is to be used ______ times daily for __________ days.
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