Antihistamine for Allergy in a Cat

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Antihistamine for Allergy in a Cat
Antihistamines will help some cats who suffer from allergies (cat image by nutech21 from Fotolia.com)

Just like humans, some cats will suffer from allergies. In order to treat the allergies, it may be necessary for the cat to take an antihistamine. There are things you need to consider before making a decision as to whether or not you should give your cat an antihistamine.

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Function

An antihistamine will treat various symptoms of allergies in cats including hair loss, difficulty breathing and skin irritation.

Types

The most common types of antihistamines given to cats for allergies include chlorpheniramine, cyproheptadine and diphenhydramine. Chlorpheniramine is used to treat a variety of allergy types in cat. Cyproheptadine treats respiratory problems, and diphenhydramine treats dust, flea and pollen allergies.

Considerations

Each type of antihistamine requires a prescription from a veterinarian. To save money, there are generic forms of antihistamines that a veterinarian may be able to prescribe for your cat.

Benefits

Treating your cat's allergies with antihistamines will generally help your cat feel better overall.

Warnings

Some cats may have side effects to an antihistamine, including vomiting and lethargy. It is up to you to discuss with the veterinarian what risks are associated with each type of antihistamine and to make a decision whether giving your cat the antihistamine is worth the risk.

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