My cat has allergies and has had 2 cortizone shots. It has become apparent that he (cat) will need the cortizone shot approx every 3 months. Is this safe? What is a healthy alternative? He scratches his head bald over his eyes and licks various "hot spots" on his body. Please advise.
Pet's Gender: Male
Pet's Age: >12
Name of Cat: Tigger
Regarding Rx have only tried the cortizone shot. We have changed all feeding bowls to class.
Hello,I am sorry to hear is having some trouble. I would love to help I just have a few questions so I can better assist you. Please understand I try to ask all relevant questions at one time, however your reply may prompt a few more. Since I am unable to see your pet I must rely on information.Does Tigger do ok for the three months after the injection?Have they tired anything other then the steroids, I just want to be sure not to suggest something you may have already tried?
We have not tried anything other than steroids...but the shot works great and gives him a lot of comfort and his hair grows back.....it just doesn't last.
Thank you for the additional information. Of course there are always risks with using steroids long term, however these risks are reduced if they only have to be given every three months rather then monthly or daily. Risks of long term steroid use can be problems with the liver, diabetes and a condition called Cushings disease. Senior cats are prone to both diabetes and problems with the liver so blood work should be done preferably every 6 months.A new medication recently approved for use in cats is called Atopica. This has proved very effective in controlling itching and hair loss due to allergies. In the beginning this is given daily for 2-3 weeks then it is normally able to be lowered to 1-2 times per week Now any medication has its risks but I have not seen any problems with this so far.Click here for more on this If antihistamines have not been tried this would also be an option and much safer for long term use. One over the counter medication that is often used is Chlor-Trimeton at a dose of 2-4 mgs once per day.Temerial P is also helpful. This does contain a steroid but much less then an injection and many cat owners find they can use this every 2-3 days. Click here Resicort is a leave on conditioner that is very helpful in controlling the itching Click here As you can see there are other options, however many of them have to be given daily and that is not always convenient for cat owners.I hope this helps, please reply back if you have additional questions.We are testing a new rating system is you have any problem with it please let me know. If you need additional information or clarification an anything please hit the Reply button and I will be happy to continue helping. If your questions have been answered please rate my answer to end our conversation. If you rate a 1 or 2 I will not be compensated for my time. If your intention is to press "I expected more" or " Helped A little" please STOP and reply back to me so I can try to assist you further.Candy