Allergy

Is your pet super itchy? They may have an underlying allergy!

DOES YOUR PET SUFFER FROM ALLERGIES?

We often see allergies in cats and dogs, with irritation & scratching being the most common symptom. Symptoms can also include skin and ear infections. Therefore, you should consult your vet as soon as your pet starts scratching and can't seem to stop.

So what might they be allergic to? The two different types of allergies are typically either food or environment related. There are so many allergens in the environment, like dust.  An allergy to pollen, which is seasonal, is quite common. If that is the case, we can reduce exposure but it can't be avoided entirely. There are medication that can be prescribed for during the months where the allergens are more common.

However, if your dog or cat has a food allergy, that is something that is easier to control. Your vet will perform a few tests to detect the allergen, with one being a food elimination trial. They will choose a protein that your pet has never eaten, continuing in this manner in a process of elimination. Obviously, it is crucial, during this test period, not to change your pet's diet without first discussing it with your vet.

Living with a dog or cat with allergies means facing this reality. Your vet can suggest an approach to control the symptoms. 

Dermatology (Skin)

Skin problems are common in dogs and cats and can be caused by hormonal disorders, allergies, infections, or parasites such as fleas and mites. These issues can be difficult to treat and should be addressed promptly.

We can often diagnose a skin problem by simply examining your pet. Some dermatologic diseases or conditions do require additional diagnostic procedures to ensure a correct diagnosis. Depending on your pet's symptoms and the results of our physical exam, we may run blood work or perform a urinalysis, skin scraping, or biopsies.

Contact us if you notice your dog or cat scratching excessively or if he or she develops any bare patches, scabs, scaling, redness, inflammation, lumps, or bumps.