I too have noticed some changes in my pets. None of them are acting particularly lethargic, but they do have other strange symptoms(Explained down
below). I hae 3 cats and 1 dog, and all of them except for one cat are having issues. Up to this point I had assumed it was something in the outside
environment because that is the only thing the 2 cats and 1 dog share in common.
Here's what's going on and what I've learned from the process of elimination: (Sorry for the length. Thought it was important because I too love my
pets and am baffled.)
It started with the dog in the summer. He was itching very badly. At first I didn't think much of it because he often gets a little itchy over the
summer. I gave him a dose of flea medicine from the vet just to be on the safe side, but I never saw any fleas on him, and it didn't help at all. I
didn't begin to get concerned until it started getting colder and his itching did not stop. Normally it does. I gave him a good bath and no
Around the same time that I was beginning to get concerned about my dogs itching, I noticed that both of my cats had some scabs and missing hair. I
hadn't seen them licking excessively or itching, so I thought perhaps they got in a spat with another cat. Within a few days time though, their whole
bodies were covered in scabs. Again, no sign of fleas. I even did the wet paper towel test. I set up an appointment with the vet. The vet said there
were no sign of fleas or any other problems, and he suspected it was an allergy. I asked him if he thought it was strange that they would both
suddenly have an allergy after all this time. He asked if the two cats were related. I said yes, so he said that was probably why. I wasn't all
that convinced, but I let him gave them a shot of prednisone. He said if the scabs didn't come back it was probably a seasonal allergy. After a few
days, all the scabs cleared up.
A few weeks passed and the dogs itching finally seemed to have subsided and everyone seemed happy. Then one morning I was woken up by the loudest
most horrible gurgling sound coming from my dogs stomach. I got up to check on him and he was acting fine, so I started Googling possibilities
online. About 15 minutes later he went to the bathroom , came back inside(his stomach sound had stopped), ate, drank, and started to play. I figured
since he was eating and drinking and playing it wasn't much to be concerned with. Just to be on the safe side though, I went outside to examine "his
business" and found worms. Yuck! I immediately called the vet and set up an appt. I got medicine from the vet for both the cats and dogs, because
even though I had seen no evidence of it in the cats, I know they can catch it from each other.
Now the dog seems perfectly fine, but guess what.....the cats are covered in scabs all over their bodies again. I suppose it could be an allergy, but
it seems strange to me that after a few years of no problems, they would both get allergies at the same time. My next plan is to give them a dose of
flea medicine even though they don't show any signs of fleas. We'll see how that goes. If it's not that, I just don't know. A food allergy perhap?
I changed my dogs food the other day just to be safe, but as I said, he seems to be back to normal now. I guess if the flea medicine doesn't work on
the cats, I'll try changing their food too, but it still seems strange to me that they would all get allergies all at once.
*Edit to add. Since the dog ended up with worms, I can only deduce that he must have had fleas, even though I didn't see any sign of them....and it
wasn't too long after I gave him the flea meds that he stopped itching. However, it was at least 2 weeks after the flea meds, and that seems like a
long time to me, so I didn't connect the two. Perhaps the problem with the cats is fleas as well, even though according to the vet there is no
evidence of them*
edit on 12/12/2010 by kismetphayze because: Edit to add detail