One of our kitties, Scamp, has been having recurring skin issues for the past year. I've tried several things to treat it, and we've determined its allergy-related, but just can't seem to get it under control. Here's where we stand:
I tried a natural liquid from the pet store, and it did jack.
A couple of short courses of prednisone cleared her right up, but obviously that doesn't last.
We switched her food, and her skin is flaring up badly again for the first time since the switch, so I don't think food's the issue (we cut out all grains and chicken, most common food allergens).
She was getting a daily Zyrtec dose (5 mg), but her skin issues started showing up again while she was on it. I also think it made her ravenous, and she started going after every little bit of food or leftover residue on dirty dishes. It's been a nightmare keeping her off the counters and out of unopened packages of bread (yeah, bread!!).
She's on Advantage for flea prevention. I really think she has a flea allergy, but I haven't seen any evidence of fleas in the last couple of months to cause her skin to be as irritated as it is right now.
SO > my sister's cat gets a steroid shot to help control skin flare-ups. It's a type of prednisone shot (I want to say methylprednisolone??) but can't remember exactly. Can anyone give me some information on this type of shot? Approximate cost, side effects, frequency (she says he usually got it about every 6 months), etc.