Ask a Vet: Can Dogs be Allergic to Cats (and Vice Versa)? - Dogster
Dec 20, 2013 - Food allergies can be common in dogs and cats and will have to be addressed with a few dietary changes
It’s not cat hair that causes an allergic reaction, and even though dander can contain the FEL d1 protein, neither the coat nor dander cause someone to be allergic to cats. Allergens are present throughout the home and can remain active for several months. FEL d1 is around a tenth the size of dust allergens and drifts around in the air. It’s extremely light, and these microscopic allergens can float for hours and easily be inhaled into the lungs. Dog allergens don’t float around in the same way or as long as cat protein does. You can have an allergy to cats and not be bothered at all by dogs.
Dogs and cats can become allergic to any food they are exposed to. A common misconception about food allergy is that it is likely to develop after a recent diet change. In fact, food allergies can develop at any time. Many studies suggest food allergy develops in young dogs (less than 1 year of age) more frequently than atopic dermatitis.1 The most common allergens in dogs (beef, chicken, chicken egg, cow milk, wheat, soy, corn) and cats (chicken, fish, dairy) are also common ingredients in many commercial dog and cat foods.1,2
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Yucca is a natural anti-inflammatory that helps the immune system function normally. It helps resolve symptoms without side effects common with steroids. Yucca should be given daily for allergies. , a concentrated liquid medication is a powerful product that is safe for cats and dogs with allergies. It can also be given in your pet's food or applied directly to areas of itching skin.Our understanding of atopic illness has improved in recent years, but many questions still remain. As the onset of sensitization and allergic disease is likely a function of intensity, duration and timing of exposure(s), longitudinal studies will provide the most reliable information on whether exposures, such as the presence of cats and dogs, increase the risk of sensitization and allergic disease or protect against the development of atopic outcomes. It would be tempting to test the influence of pet ownership and atopic heredity in a randomized controlled trial, but practical and ethical concerns make this impossible. To achieve a better understanding of the role of environmental factors, including cat and dog exposures, in the development of atopy, more standardized and validated exposure assessment methods are needed in the future. Objective exposure assessment is crucial in order to elucidate potential mechanisms that contribute to the observed effects. It is not always possible to collect information prospectively, but retrospectively collected information may be an important source of recall bias. For example, in a recent study, 40% of the parents who reported physician-diagnosed asthma in data that was collected prospectively, said retrospectively that a physician never diagnosed their child with asthma. Further research focusing on genetic susceptibility and interactions between environmental and genetic factors is important because potential interactive mechanisms may modify the risk of atopic disease. There are data emerging that exposure to a specific environmental agent (e.g., endotoxin) can have different effects in individuals with different genotypes., Sensitization to domestic pets, particularly cats and dogs, is an important risk factor for allergic diseases, such as asthma and allergic rhinitis. Although cat and dog allergens are known asthma triggers and can influence disease severity among sensitized individuals, their role in the development of sensitization and allergic disease is less clear and has remained a subject of debate. Recent studies suggest that pet exposure, particularly in early childhood, may have beneficial effects and may actually prevent the development of atopic disorders. In this issue of the Journal, the longitudinal investigation by Mandhane and coworkers provides further evidence that exposure to the most common pets, cats and dogs, lowers the risk of developing allergic sensitization, not only in children but also in young adults.The main symptom of allergies in cats is itching. Cats will scratch, bite their skin, pull out hair, and overgroom to help relieve itch. Cats rarely perform these behaviors out of boredom or anxiety, although being bored or anxious makes things worse. Cats with allergies get skin and ear infections much less often than dogs do, but they certainly occur. Cats most often make bald patches on themselves, usually the lower abdomen is the worst area, and with progression, raw areas are created with the cat’s raspy tongue. Cats often will scratch at the head with the hind leg and create scabs around the eyes and ears. Cats can manifest allergies with asthma too, but it is fairly rare to have asthma and skin symptoms at the same time.