How to treat a food allergy.

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My four year old cat has developed a food allergy. He has been to the vet who practices homeopathic medicine. She told me to stop giving him chicken and dosed him with rus tox 1M. He improved within 24 hours. I fear he is also now allergic to fish (canned) which comprises a large part of his diet because it has flared up again. He was feral till he was 4 months old and still won’t let me hold him. Even getting him to the vet is torture. My cats eat only wet, no dry food. My vet is no longer available and choices of vets are limited in my area. I had more of the rus tox but can’t get him to sit still to dose him. Have no one to help. I need three hands. What can I do? Any suggestions would be welcome.

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Asked on February 6, 2018 1:14 pm
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Heska has a blood test that defines the most likely allergans. Once those are identified you need to feed a food that avoids these allergans. The alternative to this is changing foods on a trial basis to find the one best tolerated. Most food trials require a month to see if they are helpful. The choice of food alternatives should be based on a unique protein and unique carbohydrate, such as rabbit and potato or venison and brown rice. Changing foods with cats can be a challenge. Mixing a new diet in with a favorite food for a few days sometimes does the trick. I trust all other sources of diarrhea were ruled out prior to making a food allergy diagnosis. If not, another veterinarian’s opinion is definitely in order.

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Posted by Dr. Gaylord Brown
Answered on February 7, 2018 9:37 am
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