Young mum Lizzy was found and brought into Sydney Dogs and Cats Home with her two kittens. While they were all now safe, Lizzy had a skin allergy resulting in excessive itching and licking as well as hair loss. The SDCH vet team quickly identified that Lizzy was suffering from a food allergy.
Food hypersensitivity can occur in both cats and dogs, and it can appear at any age or at any time. The exact cause of food allergies is not yet know but is likely to be triggered by a change in the animal’s immune system. This results in certain ingredients become perceived as foreign by the pet’s immune system and triggering an immune response. This response can result in the typical symptoms such as itching, licking and chewing, and diarrhoea may also occur.
To minimise the stress on Lizzy’s compromised immune system, she and her kittens were place into a foster home which would be less stressful for them all. Lizzy was also put on a specialist diet, Hill’s Prescription Diet z/d, to try and eliminate the adverse food reaction.
It took several weeks, but Lizzy’s condition cleared up and her hair grew back. And we are happy to report that Lizzy and her kittens have all been adopted. In fact, Lizzy has found her new home with her wonderful foster carer.