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Can you treat a dog or cat allergy?

Manan Shah, MD, ENT

Wyndly co-founder & Chief Medical Officer. Dedicated to personalizing care and making allergies a thing of the past.

Updated on Sep 7, 2021

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Is a Dog or Cat Allergy Treatable?

 

 

If you think you have a really bad allergy to either cats or dogs or both, if it's not life threatening, you can always try some of the over-the-counter medication like Claritin or Allegra or Benadryl when you are about to be exposed to an animal. But if you have any concerns that it's like your throat closing or anything like that, we always recommend you totally avoid the animals.


And then you should probably reach out to an allergist and get an allergy test. The idea behind an allergy test is that it can confirm that that's actually what you're allergic to, and you could try things like immunotherapy, which is where we expose your body to small doses of whatever you're allergic to and over time we help you build up a tolerance.

 


So for pets like cats and dogs, what you'd use is an allergy shot in the arm, or you can use allergy drops, which are just like a couple of small drops that you drop off the tongue and over time, your body builds up a tolerance.


If you have any questions, feel free to reach out. Thanks.

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