Stop the Itching & Irritation With Pet Allergy Treatment
One in seven dogs suffers from allergic symptoms. It’s the most common reason owners take pets to veterinarians, as reported by Veterinary Pet Insurance. And pet allergies are not limited to dogs. Many cats also experience allergies. If allergies are a concern with your pet, you are not alone.
You might recognize the signs—with the chief characteristic being the relentless itching.
Does any of this also sound familiar?
- Constant licking, chewing, biting
- Head shaking
- Hot spots or rashes
- Scabs or dandruff
- Bald patches
- Chronic ear infections
- Smelly skin or ears
Pet allergies typically show up as dermatology or skin issues, which are very evident and clearly make your pet miserable. The best course of action is to set up an appointment and evaluation so we can help your pet feeling better.
Canine allergies tend to be caused by:
- Fleas and other biting insects (flea allergy dermatitis)
- Inhaled allergens such as dust mites, grasses, molds, and tree and weed pollens (canine atopy)
- Food or drug allergies
- Contact with irritants (shampoos, cleaners, cigarette smoke, etc.)
The best way to treat allergies is to identify the allergen and avoid it, when possible. For example, many dogs are allergic to the saliva of fleas. So, controlling fleas both on the pet and in the environment is critical. If the source is a food allergy, tests and food trials can be run.
To relieve itching and inflammation, we may prescribe topical ointments or oral antihistamines. There are a number of treatment options available for your pet, including Atopica, hyposensitization injections, and even corticosteroids. We will work with you on eliminating or controlling the allergy, making your cat or dog more comfortable.
Pet WebMD offers an excellent overview of allergies in dogs.