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Author Topic: Skin allergies for itchy cat - anyone try these supplements?  (Read 2691 times)
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« on: July 30, 2010, 02:26:14 PM »

My adorable 13 year old female cat (possibly part Turkish Van) has suffered from skin allergies since we adopted her and I'm hesitant to start her again on corticosteroids.  I've gone the supplement route for the last few months after speaking to my vet.  He agreed that I should try other things and see if they work.  I'll find something on the internet and run the ingredients by him.  As long as he feels that they couldn't hurt, it's probably better than the alternative.   

She was doing very well on Weruva Paw Lickin' Chicken for about 8 months but she's been "lickin'" her hind legs
again for the last several months and causing wounds.   I'll occasionally apply prescription Quadritop which is a topical anti-biotic and steroidal cream if I think the wound(s) have been opened.   

I'm currently giving her Nordic Naturals Fish Oil (half of a gel cap per day), ProZyme Enzyme supplement - Original but they now have a Feline version (, and IMMUNO-DMG from US Animal Nutritionals  (   

All of the above supposedly have properties which are helpful for the skin and may have anti-inflammatory properties.  The enzyme powder and the Immuno-DMG were recommended by a highly respected holistic pet store in my area.

US Animal Nutritionals  also makes several other products which look interesting:

OMEGA 3,6,9 for Dogs and Cats

DERMA-DISCOVERY™ for Dogs and Cats

There's some theories that say that an animal's skin reacts better to a combination of the Omega's,  and the Derma Discovery chewables are formulated to aid the skin.    Anytime I have to administer a pill, even a chewable to my cat, I have to crush it into a fine powder and sprinkle it on her food, as I can't seem to pill her.  She's a wonderful, dainty, sweet cat but she's not too keen on letting me lightly pry her mouth open (although the vet never seems to have a problem.)

Does anyone have any other suggestions?  My next step is to try Nature's Variey Instinct canned Rabbit flavor.  I wasn't too keen on it last year when they changed the formula and added pork liver, but I want to try everything before we have to attempt another round of oral Prednisolone or Triamcinolone (my vet prefers this over Depo Medrol shots as they're shorter lasting in case of an adverse reaction), or Atopica (cyclosporine).

I've also heard that the antihistamine Chlor-Trimeton (chlorpheniramine) works synergistically with fish oil to reduce inflammation caused by allergies.  We've tried chlorpheniramine in the past, but never for any length of time and not in conjunction with fish oil.  If she's allergic to dust mites, it might work.

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« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2010, 02:47:35 PM »

I replied in the other thread before reading this 1. Do you know what she is allergic to ? Rabbit or other unusual protein may be your best option, but you need to stop the fish oil & all supplements while trying it. Don't add anything different for 2 weeks to get a true reaction to the food change. If slowly adding the new food to the old [easiest on her tummy] don't count the time with both as part of the 2 weeks. If you see improvement try adding 1 more food for another 2 weeks. If she gets worse on the 1st food, try a totally different protein. You aren't feeding anything with corn are you ? Beef, fish, poultry & grains are usually the problem.

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« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2010, 04:42:43 PM »

I second Leslie's opinion.  I think there is a strong possibility she is allergic to something in the supplements, and my first thought would be the fish oil.  Some people will tell you it's the flesh of fish, not the oil, that is the allergen; but my fish-allergic cat also reacts to any fish oil.

I have a friend whose cat has long suffered from pollen and dust mite allergies.  The vet ordered chlorpheniramine (always consult your vet for the proper dose in mg, and make sure the tablets you buy are scored for splitting so dosage will be even), and it gives that cat tremendous relief with few side effects.  There may be other antihistamine products available as a compounded liquid that would be easier to dose, if your cat takes liquid meds.  It's very easy to measure an accurate dose of liquid with a syringe.

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