Cats are prone to Stress / Anxiety– especially those in multi-cat households!  Here are some tips to help reduce your cat’s stress level.

  • 1.Create high places and private spaces for your cat
  • 2.Create a refuge where your cat can feel safe
  • 3.Follow these litter box tips:
    • Provide one per cat plus one additional in your home
    • Place in a location where there are multiple entries and exits if your home has more than one pet
    • Should be at least 1.5x your cat’s body length
    • Scoop at least once daily
    • Clean once a week with mild detergent, rinse and dry throughly then fill with clean litter
  • 4.Place litter boxes far from food bowls and in quiet places

  • 5.Praise good behavior – don’t punish your cat for accidents
  • 6.Give your cat something to scratch, which releases pheromones and makes her feel happy
  • 7.Keep her in shape – overweight cats can’t move or jump
  • 8.Create a play area with toys and other items to keep her active. Giving her things to hunt in the house helps relieve pent up needs.

  • 9.Indoor cats can get bored, so give yours a view of the world outside
  • 10.If you have more than one cat, make sure you have enough food, water, litter boxes and safe places for everyone
  • 11.Consider Feliway “happy kitty pheromones” in diffusers around the house or in your cat’s favorite room.
  • 12.Talk to your veterinarian about the following therapies:
  •      “Composure” Nutritional supplement with L- theanine
  •      “Zylkene”  Nutritional supplement with caseine
  •      Hills c/d Multicare Stress formula food
  •      Psychoactive medications as a last resort

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Cats are often afflicted by stress.  As both predator and prey animals in nature, their nervous systems are “geared up” for “Flight or Fight” at a moment’s notice!  Cats living in multi-cat households are more likely to be stressed due to inter-pet conflicts.

Cats who are stressed are more susceptible to chronic inflammatory conditions and weakening of the immune system.  Feline Interstitial Cystitis (FIC) is a common, painful inflammatory condition of the urinary bladder that causes cats to urinate outside of their litterboxes, vocalize when they urinate or have blood in their urine.  Stressed cats are more likely to have relapses of upper respiratory symptoms.  They are irritable, reclusive, antisocial.


This new food formula is a spin off of the long trusted c/d formula used to treat Feline urinary syndrome (FUS) for decades.  This new formula not only helps stress- induced FIC by controlling the chemistry of the urine, but has the added benefits of  tryptophan and alpha-casozepine to also reduce the stress levels that CAUSE the FIC in the first place!

Everyone knows the old wives’ tail about the tryptophan in your turkey dinner making you sedate.  C/d Multicare Stress is super-dosed with L- tryptophan– way more than your Thanksgivnig dinner!  Tryptophan is the amino acid precursor to serotonin, one of the brain’s key relaxation hormones!  More tyrptophan mean more opportunity for more serotonin!

Alpha-casozepine is a product of the digestion of casein, a milk protein that is implicated in several hormone mechanisms in the brain.  It seems to stimulate GABA receptors in the brain, which blunt anxiety responses.  It also may have an role in increasing Dopamine, a reward signal hormone for the brain.

  • This prescription fromula is not only the diet of choice of many veterinarians for cats with FIC, but will serve as an adjunctive treatment for any cat that is experiencing stress symptoms such as irritability, “jumpiness”, hiding from or fighting with other pets in the house,  even without urinary signs!

A fabulously promising new way to treat kitty anxiety!  Just feed your cat!  No pills, medications, etc!

Ask your kitty’s veterinarian if this formula might be a good option to try with your stressed/ anxious kitty cats!

Read the scientific publication about the key ingredients in Hills c/d Multicare Urinary Stress formula HERE


old dogSeptember is Senior Wellness Month at Cimarron Animal Hospital Tucson a month dedicated to addressing the specific concerns and problems of our senior pets. We try to screen all pets past the age of 9 years for any underlying “senior” problems. As a direct result of vaccinations, neutering and improved nutrition, our pets are living longer and fuller lives. With the blessing of longer life comes the reality of a higher incidence of age related diseases.

Our senior wellness program focuses on early identification and prevention of the most common  causes of death and disabiity in older animals: heart disease, liver disease, kidney disease, thyroid disease, diabetes. This program allows us to detect problems before they become critical.

 Senior Wellness Comprehensive Exams at Cimarron Animal Hospital include: 

  • Complete Physical Exam
  • Complete Blood Count
  • Diagnostic Chemistry
  • Urinalysis
  • Pancreatitis Screen
  • Cardiac Screen
  • Thyroid Screen
  • Diabetes Screen
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Weight Management
  • Pain Management (arthritis is common in both cats and dogs!)
  • Preliminary Arthritis Screening option

During September, Cimarron celebrates Seniors by offering this Senior Screening program at a 15% discount!* This early detection system will increase the quality of your pet’s life by making the “Golden Years” Happier and Healthier.

* Includes Comprehensive Exam, Senior Wellness Lab Tests and Arthritis Screening Radiographs

Dogs can develop painful conditions over time.  My clients often say that they don’t believe that their dogs are in pain “because they aren’t whining, and they are eating and drinking fine.”  While it’s true that some of our house dogs are very communicative and will whine or cry out when they are injured,  most dogs don’t “say” anything when pain develops slowly over time.  They just carry forth, bravely, to please their masters, until the pain is too much to bear.  Then they will show their discomfort in subtle ways.

Arthritis and Dental disease are common causes of chronic pain in dogs.


Dogs have variable pain tolerances, just like people.  Some will limp with the tiniest bit of discomfort, while most dogs will just


  • Shift their weight off a sore limb
  • Lick a painful area excessively
  • Avoid jumping up on furniture or into the car
  • Decrease their activity
  • Walk with a stiff or stilted gait
  • Get up slowly and carefully
  • Muscle loss in the painful limb
  • Have an abnormal sway at the hip

If you notice your dog showing any of these signs, don’t make excuses for them!  It’s not “just old age”, it’s a disease of old age, that can be treated!  Dogs rarely have to be euthanized “because she can’t walk” any more!  We have terrific medications that can keep your pet comfortable and active through her senior years!  Please visit your veterinarian for an Arthritis Screen (and probably radiographs) to determine whether your pet’s lifestyle could be improved with arthritis treatments!

(CAUTION: There are a number of conditions that can look like arthritis pain, but are not – like heart disease, for one.  These conditions are also treatable, but can’t be dismissed as “he just has arthritis”.  Pain medication and joint supplements won’t help and you may be sacrificing years with your pet by ignoring a condition or treating it improperly.  ASK for the Arthritis Screen radiographs to confirm that you and your vet are, indeed, treating arthritis signs!)

Personal Experience: My Giant (90#) niece dog injured her knee when she was middle-aged.  By age 9, she was pretty lame.  She did really well with a single medication for 3 years!  She was still able to run with her kids and chase the local wildlife!  When that wasn’t enough, her parents gave her some additional medication and bought her another year of comfort and tail wagging happiness.  We lost her cancer– completely unrelated to her arthritis, because she was able to be with us long enough to get cancer, because we kept her happy and active until she was 14!  That’s a big improvement over survival times of giant breed dogs 10 years ago, before medications were readily available for dogs!


Signs of dental pain commonly seen include:


  • Eating on one side of the mouth
  • Dropping food while eating
  • Eating food whole, when she used to be a chewer
  • Refusing dry food/ getting “finicky”
  • Lip smacking/ licking
  • RARELY: Decreased appetite, weight loss

Your veterinarian’s oral exam may uncover some conditions.  Often there can be painful disease under the gum line that can only be identified with oral radiographs.  Choose a vet who offers dental radiographs (anesthesia is required in pets) for your pet’s oral / dental care!  Because many dogs are quite stoic and will continue to eat despite aggregious dental disease, a dental check up with dental radiographs and a cleaning are the best way to keep your pet’s mouth and whole body healthier for years!  Best way to “buy” years of companionship!

Knee Arthritis

Knee Arthritis

The two most common causes of pain in cats are ARTHRITIS PAIN and DENTAL PAIN.


Arthritis affects up to 70% of senior cats (as well as dogs), but most people don’t think about that.  Most people don’t believe that their cat is any pain at all.  Cats are so good at hiding their pain that it’s easy to make other excuses for their inactivity: “he’s never been very active”, “she’s always hidden under my bed– that’s where she feels safe since…(the new dog, my daughter moved away, etc)”, “he’s just getting old and slowing down.”  But, a careful observer will notice the tell tale signs that something is really amiss:


  • Sleeping more often/ longer
  • False starts while trying to jump up
  • “Misjudging” a jump
  • Decreased grooming/ poor coat condition
  • Weight loss/ dehydration (can’t get to food/ water)
  • Accidents around/ outside of the litterbox

Arthrtis in cats CAN and should be treated.  After all, we don’t tolerate debilitating pain for ourselves, why would we ignore in our life companion kitty cats?  Newer medications are safe and very helpful in giving cats back their mobility!

We recently gave a cat patient a series of Adequan injections: after the 6th injection, the owner reported that her kitty was jumping up on her lap like he used to years ago!  2 weeks later, she reported that he was now defending her lap from the other cat in the house like the “good old days” of his  youth!  He is also on oral medication that his owner hides in his food. He doesn’t even know that he’s being medicated!  It’s so amazing to see “old” cats find their inner kitten again!

Arthritis in cats is most reliably diagnosed with a combination of physical exam findings and radiographs.  Schedule your kitty’s Arthritis Screen exam as soon as possible, if he shows any of the above signs!  By the time she’s showing you signs like these, it’s already serious.


Recognizing dental pain in cats takes some careful observation, and knowing that what your seeing means something– pain:

  • Grinding Teeth
  • Lip smacking/ licking excessively
  • Decreased grooming/ poor coat
  • Eating less/ becoming finicky
  • Dropping food while eating
  • Tiny crumbies of food left over in the bowl*

* I just figured this one out recently when my own cat developed a bad tooth! Who knew?

Dental disease can be difficult to impossible to identify, even by a veterinarian, without sedation and dental radiographs as cats are prone to developing very painful lesions in their teeth under their gumlines called “”resorptive lesions”.  The place to start is a thorough physical exam by a veterinarian experienced in spotting the subtle signs of resorptive lesions when they  appear at the gumline and who has the ability to perform dental radiographs.

We all know what a painful tooth feels like!

OvOLD DOG WALKERer 70% of dogs develop osteoarthritis in their Golden Years.   This most often affects the knees, hips or spine ,causing lameness and weakness from muscle loss.  Pets may have difficulty standing up or sitting down.  They may be reluctant to jump on furniture or in the car.  They may lie around more and play less.

While most owners are aware that these are common signs of age- or injury- related arthritis, most owners are NOT aware that these same symptoms can be signs of HEART DISEASE,  especially in large breed dogs (the same dogs likely to get hip and knee arthritis)!

Large breed dogs, especially Standard Poodles, Portugese Water Dogs and Others are susceptible to Cardiomyopathy.  When this disease is slowly progressive, organs and muscles are slowly starved of oxygen and blood nutrients. * This causes deterioration and weakness of muscles farther from the heart (the rear limbs).

It is easy to assume that the dog “just has arthritis”.  Veterinarians can even be deceived since the signs of cardiomyopathy can be very subtle.  The heart can sound normal to a stethescope, initially.  However, an EKG may detect arrhythmias (abnormal heart electrical conduction).  A skilled veterinarian can detect femoral pulse weakness– but this is very subjective and based on individual experience, skill and talent.

Radiographs of your dogs’ rear limbs and (especially lower) spine can be taken to determine whether his / her lameness or weakness is due to arthritis.  If she has such severe arthritis that she has trouble standing up or has lost muscle mass, the arthritic changes should be apparent on radiographs.  If there are no arthritis changes, ask your veterinarian for a Cardiac Work Up.

Treating underlying heart disease will not only help your pet feel better and be more active, it will help him live longer!

Demand Arthritis Screening Radiographs to be sure your dog has arthritis, rather than another condition, before committing your dog to years of arthritis/ pain medication that won’t help your pet feel better (and will make your wallet ache with the  waste of dollars).

More about Heart Disease in Dogs ( and cats!)

Colorado RiverToad‘Tis the season for the toxic Colorado River Toads to come out of hibernation– with the arrival of our desert monsoons. 


Dogs can be poisoned by licking Colorado River Toads.


Signs of Poisoning include:

  • Foaming at the mouth/ Hypersalivation
  • Pawing at the mouth/ face
  • Vomiting
  • Collapse
  • Seizures

First Aid at Home includes:

  1. Lie your dog on his/ her side and run a stream of water from a hose or kitchen sprayer through your dog’s mouth from side to side. Wiping the gums and teeth with a paper towel or cloth will help to remove the mucus while you are flushing.  Try to keep your dog from swallowing as much of the water as possible.
  2. Call your vet or the nearest Veterinary Emergency Service.  They will give you further advice.

If possible, relocate the toad, without touching it to someplace far, far away!



What goes Squish in the night? It may be a hairball, but it’s probably a sign of something more serious!

Cats will vomit whatever happens to be in their stomachs when they are nauseated.  If that happens to be hair, they will vomit a hairball.  But that is not necessarily the primary reason for the nausea!

Does your cat vomit whole food or right after eating?

This sound like “Scarf ‘n’ Barf”– eating too much too fast!  If limiting your cat’s meals to 1/4 cup of food and feeding in a BrakeFast Bowl doesn’t solve the problem, there is probably a medical problem.

Do you notice your cat grooming excessively, missing or broken hairs?cat alopecia rump

Cats will lick themselves excessively due to itchiness from allergies, fungal infections or parasites such as mites or fleas. Ingestion of hair, when it is excessive cn cause enough irritation to the stomach to cause vomiting.

Your cat may have  Delayed Gastric Emptying.  

A delay in the emptying time of the stomach allows the hair to sit in the stomach long enough to cause irritation.  This could also be a clue to constipation issues.

Food Hypersensitivites and Inflammatory Bowl Disease are common causes of vomiting in Cats

Often vomiting is the only symptom in cats with food hypersensitivities and IBD.  Your veterinarian can prescribe an Anallerenic or Hydrolyzed Protein Diet trial to check for these problems.

There are many common, TREATABLE metabolic conditions that cause vomiting in cats:

Pancreatitis, diabetes, thyroid disease, kidney and liver conditions can all cause vomiting of fluid, food, hair, or whatever may happen to be in the stomach at the time nausea strikes.

Does your cat frequent the litterbox, vomit after being in the litterbox or straining to eliminate in appropriate locations?

Bladder pain (infection, bladder stones, inflammation) and constipation can both make cats vomit because of the severe discomfort.

It’s improtant to remember that Cats are masters of hiding their illnesses!

Being unique among species as both a prey and predator, it is very important that they show no weakness.  So ANY time a cat shows you any sign of illness, including vomiting—even “just hairballs”, it’s important to have it checked it out!  chances are, there is something that your veterinarian can recommend to minimize finding those squishy surprises in the middle of the night!

Tips For Getting Your Tiny Tiger to theVet

Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the Pancreas.  Pancreatitis can be mild and intermittent (the cat who vomits “hairballs”, food or fluid sometimes), to mild and chronic (the cat who vomits hairballs, food or fluid routinely) to Severe and Life Threatening (persistent vomiting, lack of appetite, inactivity) .  In a recent study, 80% of older cats who died of causes unrelated to their pancreas had some degree of pancreatic inflammation– it’s THAT Common!

The primary jobs of the pancreas are 1) to secrete insulin into the bloodstream to regulate glucose metabolism and 2) to secrete digestive enzymes into the digestive tract.  The pancreas in the cat is intimately associated, physically,  with the liver, gall bladder, and small intestine.  Consequently, if any of those organs becomes inflamed, the pancreas can, and often does, become secondarily involved. Add to that the fact that many cats develop all kinds of inflammatory conditions for reasons that we veterinarians mostly don’t understand (likely owing to the cat’s very unique nervous system– it’s hard to be both a predator and prey species!).  So, there are lots of opportunities for the pancreas to become inflamed!

What happens when the Pancreas becomes inflamed?

1)  Insulin secreting cells become over run by inflammatory cells that secrete damaging enzymes, killing the Insulin secretors.  Less insulin means a cat can become diabetic.  This diabetic condition may be transient– persisting only as long as the pancreas is inflammed- if only a few of the insulin cells get killed off.  Or diabetes can become permanent  if too many cells were killed off and can’t regenerate due to ongoing inflammation.

2)  The digestive enzyme secreting cells get damaged by the inflammatory enzymes.  Their cell walls become leaky, releasing  digestive enzymes into the surrounding tissues, destroying (digesting) the cat’s own tissues!  This is part of the process of “Acute, necrotizing pancreatitis”.  This is the life threatening form.

Since the process is on going, waxing and waning, there can be any degree of either of those processes going on at any one time.

Signs of chronic pancreatitis:

  • Intermittent Vomiting (of anything)
  • Occasional diarrhea
  • Weight loss related to intermittent poor (“finicky?”) appetite
  • Abdomenal pain- which may look like intermittent crankiness, vocalization when picked up, or hiding more
  • Signs of Diabetes: increase drinking and urinating, ravenous appetite, sometimes with weight loss
  • Freqent vomiting, depression and complete lack of eating and drinking

Diagnosis can be tricky

The best test for pancreatitis in cats called a Feline Pancreatic Lipase test.  It’s run on a blood sample.  There is a screening test that your veterinarian can run in house.  A more detailed test can be run at the lab.  That’s the easy part.  The tricky part is that any inflammatory condition related to the small intestines, liver, gall bladder OR pancreas can cause the pancreas to excrete excessive amounts of Pancreatic Lipase.  So, yes, the test may tell you that the pancreas is upset, it doesn’t tell you that the pancreas is the primary problem.  Your veterinarian will have to put all of your cat’s symptoms and history together to determine the best way to manage your cat’s level of pancreatitis– and any other coexisting conditions!

Treatment for Mild, Chronic Pancreatits is still being perfected

Reducing inflammation, long term is the objective.

Special Diet:  Some cats respond well to a High Protein, low carbohydrate diet– this is the most natural for cats, anyway

                            Some cats respond better to a hypoallergenic diet – maybe there is an allergic component to their inflammation?

Antioxidants:  Nutritional supplements that reduce the oxidative aspect of the ongoing inflammatory process may be helpful:

                             High potency Omega 3 EPA,  Sam-e, silymarin, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Cobalamin

                           Which products your veterinarian recommends for your kitty depend on safety (Vitamin E can be toxic) , cost (the most effective brands are more expensive in Sam-E and silymarin), practicality (some are by injection), and simply what the cat will tolerate!

                     Intermediate Pancreatitis- when diet/ supplements aren’t enough

                      Anti-inflammatory medications may be indicated.  Prednisolone is the most commonly used anti-inflammatory for cats.  However, it is not the best choice for diabetics because steroids cause insulin resistance.  This is not good in a patient that is already borderline diabetic or may be diabetic, receiving insulin therapy.  Fortunately, there is another anti-inflammatory, Atopica, specifically formulated for cats, that has been showing great promise in pancreatitis kitties!  (Ask your vet about this, if they haven’t mentioned it yet!  Not all vets are used to using this medication for this condition!)

Treatment for Severe Pancreatitis needs to be in the Hospital 

Intravenous fluids, anti-inflammatories and pain medications are important to start the recovery process.  Vomiting often needs to be treated with injectable medciations.  Cats often need feeding tubes placed via a short surgical procedure to ensure theyget enough calories to heal when they are not feeling like eating on their own.  Medications are given either by injection or feeding tube to help stimulate the return of normal eating as quickly as possible.

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dog scratchingTreating pets with allergies can be a frustrating, time-consuming, financially draining prospect. There is no one treatment; there is no cure. Our goal in treating allergies is to keep patients comfortable using the most affordable, minimally time consuming treatment that will be the most effective in keeping itching to a tolerable level for both the patient and their people with a minimum of side effects to the patient.  This usually involves employing several strategies at once to attack the allergies from different angles.  Here are some suggestions for things you can do at home and treatments to ask your vet about.

Stay Inside
Staying inside will help those pets that are allergic to outside pollens.

• Vacuum and Dust Weekly
This reduces house dust and the house dust mites that invade all of our homes.

Buy Smaller Bags of Food/ Store in Airtight containers
Many dogs are allergic to storage mites found in grain products. Buying smaller bags of food will reduce the numbers of storage mites that can reproduce in your pet’s food (which your pet inhales while eating). Your veterinarian may even recommend a strictly canned diet.

Shampoo/ Rinses/ Wipes- Prescription Strength, for your pet’s skin condition
Shampooing, cool water rinsing, wiping of the face and paws physically removes dust, dust mites and pollens from your pet’s coat, reducing the amount of allergens inhaled.
Some Shampoos also help reduce the numbers of bacteria and yeast that build-up on inflamed, allergic skin. Your veterinarian will help you choose the best shampoo and conditioner for your pet’s current skin conditions. As your pet’s skin conditions change, so might your vet’s shampoo recommendations.
Conditioning rinses can provide prolonged anti-inflammatory relief and anti-itch effects.

Wiping your pet’s face once daily, at night, before bed, can also help reduce inhaled pollens and dust.

Having your pet walk through a foot bath, then drying his feet, especially between the pads, can be beneficial as well. Your vet may recommend a special foot bath for this purpose.

Anallergenic Food TrialRoyal Canin Anallergenic Formula

Truly Anallergenic foods contain nothing that the body can recognize as a foreign material. The proteins have been formulated to be so small that they are unrecognizable as foreign material, so the body can not react in an allergic manner to them, yet they are nutritious for the pet.
Only your veterinarian can prescribe truly “Anallergenic” food for your pet. This may be very beneficial if there is suspicion that your pet is allergic to some component in his food (chicken, beef, wheat, soy, other proteins,  preservatives, etc). Pets going on an Anallergenic Food Trial must remain on that food, and ONLY that food,  for 3 months (nothing else can pass their lips unless specifically approved by your veterinarian—any little “cheat” defeats 3 weeks of prescription food benefits).  If the allergies are improved, your vet may recommend switching to a “Hypoallergenic or Limited Ingredient Diet”. Pets with severe food allergies may need to stay on Anallergenic food long term to keep their skin comfortable!

Skin Barrier Treatments Allerderm Spot-On, Phytosphingosine- containing treatments

It has recently been discovered that animals, like many people, are genetically predisposed to allergies because of less than ideal skin barrier functions. Topical fatty acid and ceramide treatments are now being used to re-establish a more normal protective lipid layer on the skin. This, in turn , reduces the skin’s sensitivity to allergens in the environment and to histamines released in the body during allergy attacks.

Omega 3 fatty acidsFree Form Snip Tips,  Eicosaderm
Omega 3 fatty acids have been shown to have an anti-inflammatory effect in skin and other tissues throughout the
body when given daily, in high doses, for 30 days and more. Allergic pets can benefit greatly from the anti-
inflammatory effects of high potency omega 3 fatty acids given every day of their lives. (They will also be receiving beneficial effects to their joints, liver and heart!).
Not all Fatty Acid (or “fish oil”) supplements are created equal. Every product has a different amount of various
omega fatty acids in it, some of which are NOT anti-inflammatory (omega6s). Your veterinarian’s products are
chosen specifically to be high potency, in the correct balance, in a cost efficient form for pets. Do not give human
products without consulting your veterinarian as you may be spending a lot of money and still not giving a high enough dose, or giving too many PRO –inflammatory fatty acids, defeating the whole allergy treatment purpose.

There are several classes of antihistamines available for use in dogs. Just as one antihistamine may work well in one human and not in another, dogs have individual responses to antihistamines as well. Dogs also require different doses of antihistamines than humans to control itchy skin conditions. They need to be treated at these doses for a minimum of 5 days, in most cases, to evaluate the effect of the antihistamine as it takes that long to get an effective blood level of antihistamine in a dog. Giving antihistamines periodically, intermittently  or at inappropriate doses is rarely helpful.

Your veterinarian can suggest antihistamines and doses to try. Please consult your vet before changing medications or dosages to ensure that you are treating appropriately.


Steroids are usually very effective as controlling itch in all but the most severely atopic patients. They are less
effective in food allergic pets. Short courses of steroids, either by injection or oral treatment, may be necessary to prevent a pet from injuring itself due to excessive licking and scratching.  However, steroids have life draining side effects and should not be given long term unless no other alternative is possible.

Atopica is an alternative to steroids that is used to suppress the overactive immune system pf the allergic pet It has fewer side effects than steroids. This medication can be given long term, sometimes every other day or only a couple times a week. This is a good treatment option when the above treatments aren’t working well enough to keep a pet comfortable.

Apoquel is a revolutionary new treatment for allergies in pets, just released in January 2014. (Temporarily on limited supply due to veterinarian’s enthusiasm and buying all of the initial manufactured stock !)  It inhibits a newly discovered enzyme system (JAK) at the cellular level that is required to cause allergic reactions. It is reported to be very successful in clinical trials. There are minimal long term side effects, compared to steroids and is going to be less expensive than Atopica, with a less dramatic impact on the immune system!

“Allergy Injections” can be formulated specifically for your pet, based on exactly what he or she is allergic to, according to blood or skin testing. Your veterinarian can perform the blood testing. A Board Certified Dermatologist needs to perform skin testing in order to formulate allergy injections that way.  These injections can be very helpful for patients who must have daily oral medication to live comfortably or who are not comfortable even with daily medication and special foods. In some cases, when daily treatments are still needed, pets often get along comfortably with fewer medications or only dietary control, avoiding the cost and detrimental effects of long term more expensive medications.

If you are frustrated with your pet’s response to treatment, if your pet is not comfortable despite following your veterinarian’s recommendations, or if you are just “done” with all of the special care, please ask us about Immunotherapy. It may be time!

 Contact your vet if your pet is excessively itchy/ scratching/ biting / shaking or itching ears– he may have allergies (or infection!).  Take this blog with you so you can ask your vet what treatment options would be best for your pet!