Thankfully today, he's feeling much better and is eating and drinking again. What a scare that was! I've since heard many stories of seizures and foaming at the mouth in cats with allergies or sensitivities. My friend tried just one 1 drop and his cat started foaming at the mouth!
I believe the dosage on these "once monthly" flea drops (for the back of the neck) should read: Apply half now then the other half in 2 weeks. This way their little bodies won't be overwhelmed with so much toxic poison at once! My cat is allergic to the "natural" flea drops (they contain strong Peppermint and Eucalyptus oils) so next time I will try just one drop of "Revolution" (a different brand) and if he has no reaction after 24 hours, I'll only apply half the dose and the other half 2 weeks later! After calling my Vet, they say these products can shut down their organs (like kidneys and liver) and also cause seizures in many cats. I wonder why you don't hear about this until it happens to your cat? I hate to give him anything toxic like this, but I'm extremely allergic to fleas.
By Cyinda from near Seattle
"Sure," he'd answer. "Get a hermit crab. Get a snake!"
It wasn't quite the answer we wanted to hear. But if your allergies are that bad, something without fur may just be the way to go.
If your allergies are mild, you may be able to get away with a pet that is less likely to cause a reaction. A single-coated dog will be less likely to cause an allergic reaction than a double-coated dog. Some single-coated dogs are:
Want even less chance of a reaction? Hairless dogs will be even less likely to cause problems than the single-coated dogs! They may not look quite like the dog you imagine, but their lack of hair lowers the chances of causing a reaction.
Cats are (unfortunately) more often the culprit when it comes to allergies. But you may find your symptoms are less severe with a short-haired cat than a long-haired cat. There are even hairless breeds of cats like Rexes and Sphinxes.
Did you know that it's not actually the pet's hair that you are allergic to? Dogs and cats secrete certain proteins from their skin. The proteins can dry on the hair, but more often they soak into dead skin cells (dander) that flake off into the air.
Here are some other tips for coping with allergies and keeping your pets!
And by the way, hypoallergenic does NOT mean "free of allergens", it means less likely to cause allergic reactions.
I was wondering if a Miniature Dachshund and Chihuahua cross are OK to have around people with allergies to animals?
By buddy_2009 from MN
Dogs with hair that grows (& needs to be trimmed) are better for people with allergies then dogs with fur. Dogs with hair include: poodles, west highland terriers, scotty dogs, cocker spaniels, etc. Just think of the kind of dogs that go to the groomers fairly often. (I used to take my Westie about 3 times a year - then learned to just shave him).
My pit mix Malcolm started to chew his feet last month. We went to the vet and the vet said he has allergies. He has been on 6-7 (25 mg) Benadryl a day for a month. The Benadryl has been making him really sleepy so we think it would be best to stop the pills.
My vet said that he doesn't know what Malcolm is allergic to and he said to put him on an allergy free diet. We have started him on sweet potato and venison dog food today. Is there something that is not going to make my dog sleepy if changing his food doesn't help?
By Jennifer from Springfield, IL
Make sure the dog food does not have any byproducts, hormones, antibiotics, salt, BHA/BHT, artificial flavors, fillers, wheat, flour, corn, soy or sugar. My dogs stopped biting their feet after I started feeding them good quality food. I give my dogs blue berries, pealed apples, bananas, cooked carrots, raw broccoli (the stalk only). Also wash your dog's feet after walks because they will pick up poisons and weed killers people put on their grass. Your dog will then come home and lick their feet.