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In cats, the most common types of allergies are flea allergy and atopic dermatitis. Atopic dermatitis or feline atopy is a hereditary allergy whereby the animal is sensitive to airborne substances from the environment, such as pollens, mites, molds, and dander. Common symptoms in allergic cats are pruritus, asthma, respiratory symptoms, acne, sneezing, watery eyes, ear infections, vomiting, and diarrhea. If a cat is already suffering from asthma, an environmental allergy often worsens the discomfort.
Feline atopy is underdiagnosed because a common symptom of atopic dermatitis in cats is over-grooming, which is mistaken for normal behavior, or anxiety. When other triggers of the symptoms are ruled out, atopy is diagnosed. The next step is to perform an allergy test to identify which allergens are causing the allergic reaction. SPOT Platinum+ Serum Test uses the latest technology in IgE serum testing. It uses three proprietary monoclonal antibodies from a specific recombinant IgE, plus CCD blockers, resulting in a product with the highest level of specificity and sensitivity.
This test includes all types of weeds, trees, grasses, epidermals, foods, mites, molds, staph, insects, Malassezia, indoor allergens.
Most common clinical signs for allergies in your pet:
Redness, superficial scratch wounds, discoloration of the fur (from excessive licking/grooming), and hair loss also reflect the severity of the allergy. Depending on the duration and severity of the disorder, lesions can vary between erythema (redness), hyperkeratosis (keratinization) and lichenification (thickening) of the skin. Occasionally, atopic dogs and cats will have watery eyes, asthma, or sneeze. Sometimes there may be digestive symptoms.
Symptoms can be present throughout the year or only during a particular season, depending on the allergens that trigger the allergic reaction. The first symptoms typically occur by 1–3 years of age (in around 75% of all cases). Occasionally, symptoms occur in animals under 6 months of age.