Is your pet constantly itching, chewing, and licking their skin? It could be allergies! Allergy triggers in cats and dogs can be tricky to diagnose.
Allergy-induced skin conditions are one of the most common reasons we see pets. Allergens affect pets just like they do humans.
Your dog or cat may experience itching, scratching, and hot spots – these are all allergy indicators. Pet allergies are common and treatable. However, left untreated, they can become a serious health condition for your pet.
Types of Allergies in Dogs and Cats:
Flea – Flea bites cause an intense allergic reaction resulting in itchy skin.
Food – Something in your pet’s diet triggers reactions such as itchy skin, diarrhea, or other gastrointestinal problems…even behavioral problems.
Environmental – An allergen or foreign substance is inhaled or makes contact with the skin causing extremely itchy skin. This can lead to skin infections or skin injuries from excessive scratching. Trees, grass, weed pollen, mold, and dust are common triggers. Environmental allergies in pets are typically seasonal.
What are common allergens in dogs & cats?
- Tree Pollen
- Dust Mites
- Cleaning Products
- Household materials and fabrics
What are common allergy symptoms?
- Itchy, red skin
- Ear infections
- Noticeable increase in scratching
- Constant chewing or licking of paws
How do we treat cats & dogs with allergies?
After identifying the allergen, we will develop a program to eliminate the source of the allergen in your pet’s environment. After a thorough exam and testing, our vets may prescribe one of the following relief options for your pet:
- Antihistamines combined with essential fatty acids
- Anti-itch conditioners
- Topical steroid sprays
- Oral steroids
- Anti-itch prescriptions
- Oral or injectable immunotherapy
- Recommend an evaluation by a board-certified veterinary dermatologist
- A prescription diet food