35. Symptomatic Treatments

  1. Chiara Noli2,
  2. Aiden Foster3 and
  3. Wayne Rosenkrantz4
  1. Alison B. Diesel

Published Online: 25 OCT 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118738818.ch35

Veterinary Allergy

Veterinary Allergy

How to Cite

Diesel, A. B. (2013) Symptomatic Treatments, in Veterinary Allergy (eds C. Noli, A. Foster and W. Rosenkrantz), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118738818.ch35

Editor Information

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  3. 4


Author Information

  1. Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 OCT 2013
  2. Published Print: 20 DEC 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470672419

Online ISBN: 9781118738818



  • allergen avoidance;
  • antihistamines;
  • cutaneous allergy;
  • essential fatty acids (EFA);
  • flea infestation;
  • glucocorticoids;
  • therapeutics


Pruritus and manifestation of allergic skin disease is an additive process with contributions not only from the underlying allergy but also secondary pruritic conditions such as bacterial infection, yeast overgrowth, and parasitic infestation. Some factors are more important for certain cats than for others; determining which factors are present and may be aggravating underlying cutaneous allergy is central to developing a therapeutic plan for the individual patient. One of the more common reasons for a flare in cutaneous allergy in the cat is the secondary occurrence of flea infestation. Medical options for cutaneous allergy include administration of essential fatty acids (EFA), antihistamines, glucocorticoids, and ciclosporin. A combination of therapeutics is often necessary in the allergic cat to achieve the most beneficial results; there is no single best option for allergy management in any species.