Allergy meds are not safe for cats, and experts have warned against giving them to your pet. While they may be effective at treating allergies in humans, they can be dangerous in cats. Just like humans, cats can develop allergies to anything from food to dust mites to fleas. If your cat has developed an allergy, you may be wondering whether they can take allergy medications. The answer is yes, but not all of them are safe for cats. There are three common types of animal allergy medications: antihistamines, corticosteroids and immunotherapy. All three types should be used with care because they can have serious side effects in cats.
Allergy meds are designed to combat the symptoms of allergies, which typically include itchy eyes, runny nose and sneezing. These symptoms can also be signs of a more serious condition called Feline Asthma. In humans, these medications help to prevent the release of histamine and other chemicals that cause inflammation and swelling around the nose and throat. However, in cats these same medications can actually cause an increase in histamine levels which can lead to asthma attacks and even death.
Anti-allergy drugs (also known as antihistamines) are designed to reduce the production of histamine, which causes inflammation that leads to swelling, itching and other symptoms associated with allergies. These medications include Allegra and Benadryl. However, these drugs do not work on all cats, so it is important that you talk with your veterinarian about the best option for your pet’s specific situation.
While it’s much less common than dogs, cats can also have allergies. The good news is that many of the over-the-counter medications you take for your own allergies are safe to give to your cat as well. In fact, there are some drugs made specifically for cats with allergies. It’s always a good idea to check with your veterinarian before starting any kind of medication with your cat, but these allergy medicines are generally safe and effective when used as directed.
Zyrtec is a common allergy medication that can be used to treat sneezing and runny nose in cats. Zyrtec is safe for cats, but it is not recommended that you give your cat more than one dose of this medicine per day.
You should only give your cat Zyrtec if he or she has been diagnosed with allergies by a veterinarian. Cats cannot take this medication on their own accord, and they need to have the prescription written out by a doctor before they can receive it from a pharmacy.
Cats who are taking Zyrtec may experience side effects including vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of appetite (decrease in appetite). The most serious side effect reported by humans was difficulty breathing when taken with other medications such as aspirin or blood thinners such as Coumadin(warfarin). In rare instances, there have been reports of anaphylactic shock which causes fainting spells due to low blood pressure caused by severe allergic reactions.
Benadryl is known as a “sedating” allergy medication, but it’s important to note that Benadryl can be harmful for cats. The diphenhydramine in Benadryl increases your cat’s heart rate, which is not ideal when a cat has an allergic reaction. Therefore, you should only give your cat Benadryl if absolutely necessary and never without consulting a veterinarian first. If you do decide to administer this medication to your cat, make sure that you set up a safe place for them while they sleep off their drowsiness, if they wander around while under the influence of diphenhydramine they could injure themselves or others in the home!
Also remember: just because one brand of diphenhydramine says it’s okay to give it to cats doesn’t mean that other brands will agree. Always read labels carefully before administering any type of pet medicine.
Claritin is a non-sedating antihistamine that can be used in cats. It’s available as a tablet or liquid, and can be taken with other medications without issue. The only thing to keep in mind when using Claritin is that if your cat has kidney disease or liver disease, you should monitor their blood work more closely when using this medication because it does have some side effects (mostly related to increased appetite). In addition, if your cat has an allergy but also has asthma or respiratory issues like chronic bronchitis or emphysema, it’s best not to use Claritin at all due to its potential side effects on the respiratory system.
You can give Xyzal to your cat. It’s a prescription medication that’s safe for cats and available in tablet form.
When administering the medication, use care; it’s easy to accidentally swallow pieces of the tablet when giving them to your pet.
If you think that your cat may be allergic, talk with your veterinarian about other allergy treatments. Your doctor will help you determine what’s causing the allergies, as well as find a treatment plan that works for both of you. Some things can’t be avoided (like pollen), but there are steps you can take to minimize exposure:
- Keep windows closed during high-pollen seasons
- Vacuum often and sweep hard surfaces frequently (this helps remove allergens from carpets)
You may have heard of Allegra, the brand name for fexofenadine, or seen it on an ingredient list. Fexofenadine is a non-sedating antihistamine that can be used to treat allergies and rashes. It’s available in pill, tablet and liquid form.
Allegra works by blocking histamines from binding to their receptors in your body; this stops your immune system from overreacting to allergens like pollen and helps ease your symptoms. It’s also different from other allergy meds because it does not contain any sedating ingredients (like Benadryl). That said, some people do experience drowsiness when taking Allegra, if you find yourself feeling tired after taking this medication, try taking half of the recommended dose or switching back to another antihistamine like Claritin instead!
Cats can have allergies too. They need relief too.
It is important to note that cats can have allergies too. Cats can get reactions from drugs (such as flea medications), food, environmental factors, stress, or fleas. The most common type of allergy in cats is an itchy skin condition called atopy. It’s very similar to human eczema and commonly causes hair loss and crusty skin around the face, feet and tail base. Cats with atopy often scratch themselves to the point of developing open sores on their body which may become infected if not treated properly.
As with humans who suffer from allergies, sometimes medication will be prescribed by your veterinarian at home or they might recommend you visit an allergy specialist for further testing and treatment options such as allergy shots or prescription medications designed specifically for your pet’s needs (and not yours).
If your cat is itching, sneezing, and watery eyes, it might be allergies too. Your vet can help assess what’s going on and determine what the best course of action is for relieving your cat’s symptoms. The options above are good choices for those who want to avoid steroids or prescription drugs, which may have serious side effects in the long run. In general, though, the best course of action is always consulting with your veterinarian before giving anything at all to your pet. They can get a better idea of what’s going on just by watching him or her play around with his toys or sniffing her litter box after using it, and then prescribe you something that will work as well for them (and not hurt them).