Health & Wellness

Allergy Help for Dogs & Cats

Allergy triggers in cats and dogs can be tricky to diagnose. Allergy-induced skin conditions are the most common reasons we see pets. Pets suffer from allergies throughout the United States, but it tends to be worse in southern states. Allergens affect pets just as 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.

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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. Common triggers are trees, grass, weed pollens, mold, and dust. Environmental allergies in pets are typically seasonal.

What are common allergens in dogs & cats?

  • Tree Pollen
  • Dust Mites
  • Fleas
  • Grasses
  • Mold
  • Cockroaches
  • Cleaning Products
  • Perfumes
  • Household materials and fabrics

What are common allergy symptoms?

  • Itchy, red skin
  • Hives
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • 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 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:

  • Anti-itch conditioners
  • Antihistamines combined with essential fatty acids
  • 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
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