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Cat Allergies

Cats, like their owners, can suffer from a variety of allergic reactions. If you’re in Berwyn, Oak Park, or the surrounding area, contact Dr. Lori Coughlin at The Cat Practice if you’re cat is suffering from allergy symptoms. But what are some common allergy symptoms and how do we treat them? Let’s find out how we can help your furry friend.


Different Types of Allergies and Symptoms

An allergy can cause a reaction in a cat's body, necessitating medical intervention to alleviate allergy symptoms when they arise. Different kinds of allergies will cause different reactions. For example, if your cat is suffering from a skin allergy, he or she will likely display discomfort in the form of itchiness or a visible rash. A cat with a food allergy usually suffers from vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, or other stomach ailments. A pet with an environmental allergy will have symptoms similar to the common cold, such as sneezing, coughing, wheezing, or watery eyes.

How to Help Your Pet Avoid an Allergic Reaction

Preventing your pet from having an allergic reaction is difficult if you do not know what is triggering symptoms. It is important to pinpoint the cause of the reaction and eliminate or reduce it if possible. To do this, keep notes about the actions and behaviors of your pet before it had an allergic reaction. After a few reactions, there may be a noticeable pattern that emerges that can shed light on the situation. If you know what is causing the allergic reaction, do your best to separate your cat from any instances where it will come into contact with the trigger. You should also keep allergy medicine on hand so you can treat your cat quickly when needed.

What to Do If You Suspect Your Cat Has an Allergy

If you live in Oak Park, Berwyn, or the surrounding area, and you suspect your cat has allergies, contact Dr. Lori Coughlin for an assessment. She will ask some questions about your cat's habits to help find the trigger for the allergic reactions. If our veterinarian believes that allergy testing is needed, we can refer you to a veterinary dermatologist who can provide extensive allergy screenings.

Our veterinarian can prescribe allergy medication as needed and will teach you about the signs to watch for that indicate your cat is having an allergic reaction. Contact The Cat Practice in Oak Park if you have a cat or cats that are suffering from allergies. Call our office today at (708) 383-5997 to set up an appointment for a check-up.