Research Makes Asthma Treatments Safer for Cats
Asthma caused by an inappropriate immune response to inhaled allergens affects an estimated 1 to 5 percent of pet cats. Allergy shots show promise as a potential cure, according to previous Morris Animal Foundation–funded studies; however, they can take months to work, and most cats require concurrent treatment with steroids to control serious symptoms.
Funded again by Morris Animal Foundation, researchers from the University of Missouri examined whether treatment with steroids can affect testing for asthma-causing allergens and whether steroids reduce the efficacy of allergy shots. They determined that allergy testing can still proceed while cats are taking steroids. They also found that inhaled steroids are the preferred long-term treatment to control symptoms while allergy shots are being given. These findings will help improve the treatment of cats with asthma.
Posted by MAF on June 19, 2012. Permalink