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ejfamous posted:
My daughter's 5yr old cat has extreme allergy issues. She is on a special diet for food allergies. She is extremely allergic to fleas that even one flea causes major issues. We treat all of ours pets and our yard for fleas accordingly. She is allergic to 95% of cat litter. And she is allergic to her own dander. I feel horrible for her because she is always scratching or chewing at her skin. She gets so bad that at times she has open sores on her body. We discussed steroids usage but that cause other medical issues with long term use( according to our vet she would probably need monthly shots). My question is do you think it is more humane to have her put to sleep than to let her continuely suffer? If not then does anyone have any suggestions on how to help her without the use of steroids.
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Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP responded:
There are cats (and people) that are so allergic, they itch all the time. It's very important to properly diagnose the cause of her itching, so ask your veterinarian to refer you to a board certified veterinary dermatologist. There are many medications and treatments that can provide relief. But if, after treatment with a dermatologist, she's truly suffering to the point that you would consider euthanasia, there's no disadvantage in trying her on steroids.

Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP
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