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Hi there

We adopted our Atlas after he was rescued , having been found shot, paralyzed, and infested with fleas and ticks. Prior to our adopting him he had surgery, was treated, and gradually he was able to walk again, they are not sure why he was not moving his lower extremities. They thought he was about a year old. After we had him for a month, we noticed all these lesions and he would lick to his skin was raw and got an infection. After trying several things, he was seen by a dermatologist and had 7 biopsies taken, and the pathology came back as allergy and she used the term eosinophilic granuloma complex. He then had the RAST allergy testing and he is literally 3+ on almost everything ( except dogs/fleas/roaches!) We started him on allergy shots ( taking the top 12 allergens from the testing) and he has been getting them since September, currently getting it every two weeks. And he is on Zyrtec. He still gets these lesions but hasn't licked them to the point of causing an infection in several months. It is definitely better but he still gets these things, usually in the groin and lower legs or under upper "arms". Unlike what I have read about EGC, he has not had any issues with lesions in or around his mouth.
I was wondering if anyone has had their cats on allergy shots and how it went with their cat. Did it clear up completely or just keep it from bad flare ups? It's so hard to tell if it's the shots helping or it would do this pattern anyway, will it get worse seasonally? I'm happy giving him the shots ( well, that's a poor choice of wording because it kills me to do it ;-(, but if it helps , then I will do it as long as he needs it, if forever. Allergies are just so difficult because there are so many variables. We have three air purifiers running ( dust allergy) and he is on Hills z/d food. He is indoors only and no other animals in the house.
Appreciate any thoughts, insights, experiences.
Thank you!!
Isy
 

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Poor guy, yep, this is a hard one, my mom had a dog that was diagnosed with the same thing...she also got shots....it did help, but if kitty is chewing on spots, you may have to bandage them off, temporarily...
Just keep an eye on them though, as skin does need to breathe...
So glad this boy has you in his corner!
Maybe others will share any experiences they've had!
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Thank you so much! This was very helpful . Part of this is me realizing it most likely is chronic and will come and go. I know they said it could take up to a year to really know if the allergy shots are working so I’m trying to be patient and not make any other changes that would distort what is going on. He us just soo soo precious and I want him to have a wonderful life ❤
 

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I hope atlas responds to the treatment!
When my Mom's dog was diagnosed with this...her shots were actually, a part of snake venom!
She did recover! Although, my Mom watched her like a hawk, for anything after that...
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Atlas's serum has about 12 things that he is most allergic to so it's hard because he was allergic to so many things. Are you saying the dogs allergy serum had snake venom as part of it? Did the dog completely clear up without any new lesions breaking out when on the allergy shots? If so, how long did it take ?
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Yes she did clear up!
When we heard, that there was snake venom involved, we were like WHAT? but it worked!
She never had an incident again!
I wish I could remember how long it took...but it was years ago...
Wishing your furbaby all the best!
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How is your kitty doing? I’ve been trying to look up peoples success with immunotherapy. I think it’s the next step for my girl. Did you have to go to a specialist office?
 

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How is your kitty doing? I’ve been trying to look up peoples success with immunotherapy. I think it’s the next step for my girl. Did you have to go to a specialist office?
Hi there. We did go to a vet dermatologist which I’m very glad we did. She did the biopsies which determined that is was definitely an allergic response to something. My cat doesn't go out and there are no other animals in the house and when it kept recurring we opted to do the RAST bloodwork to determine what he was allergic to. It doesn’t check food allergies so we had done a trial of Hills z/d prescription food but it didn’t seem to make a difference so that’s why we did the RAST test, which he is highly allergic to everything. Steroids definitely helped but he’s young and we worry about him developing diabetes so I didn’t want to do that, neither did the vet. Cyclosporine treatment was an option but that seemed scary to me. After the biopsies and recommendation from the dermatologist we follow up with my regular vet mainly because the dermatologist moved and we don’t have one here now. So currently Atlas is getting the injection every three weeks and he is still on the prescription food but we may try regular soon. He also gets 5 mg of Zyrtec every night. He still gets recurrent lesions but not where he licks them to the point of infection which was what was recurring continually before. I read an article saying these lesions will recur and go away on their own but the problem is always secondary infection from licking or scratching. So I wonder if this would just be how it’s running it’s course or the immunotherapy is really helping but I do think it’s kept things at bay because prior to that he was in and out with infections from the lesions . Our vet said it’s rare that the allergy shots will completely get rid of recurring lesions . So I think part of this is realizing it’s a lifelong thing. If I can get down to one shot a month I’ll be happy . I do want to follow up with a dermatologist if we get another or I can drive an hour to see one .
what is going on with your Kitty?
 

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I should add that the bloodwork showed allergies to about 50 things but the serum can only be for 12-14 items so they made it with what they thought were the top ones. I can’t imagine trying to figure out different combinations so at this point as long as they come and go and don’t get infected I’m not going to make any changes , but definitely do want to see a dermatologist again just to review we are doing everything we should .
 
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