Ask the Vet with Missy A. Jewell, DVM

All Pets Veterinary Center, Louisville

QuestionI’ve had cats all my life and I’ve never had any trouble before. That is, until I brought Sammy home. I think I’m allergic to her. Is it possible I developed an allergy over time? What can I do about this? I’ve had some relief with over-the-counter allergy medicine, but my symptoms always come back. Giving up Sammy is not an option. What else would you suggest I try?

AnswerYes, allergies actually develop by repeated exposure to an allergen (cat). It’s possible that you have developed an allergy to cats. Depending upon what breed Sammy is, it is possible that she has more dander production than other cats, and this has led to increased allergy signs for you. If Sammy is an additional cat in your home, the dander production by several cats may have breached your allergic threshold. I would recommend vacuuming the house as often as possible, washing the cat beds as often as possible, and buying a big bottle of allergy medicine. If this does not manage your symptoms, you should consult an allergy specialist for testing and alternative therapy.

Missy JewellAbout the Vet:

Missy Jewell is a Louisville native and a graduate of Auburn University Vet School. She has practiced small animal and exotic animal medicine for over ten years in the Louisville area. All Pets Veterinary Center provides high quality, comprehensive medical care for traditional and exotic pets.

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