Pet Allergies and Dermatology

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Allergy-induced skin conditions are some of the most common reasons for bringing a pet to Nippers Corner Pet Medical Center. Do you think your pet is having an allergic reaction? Itching, scratching and hot spots are all good indications of allergies. Pet allergies are very common and treatable, but can fester and become serious health conditions if left untreated.

Types of Allergies in Dogs and Cats

  • Flea allergy: The bite of a flea on your dog or cat causes an intense allergic reaction, resulting in itchy skin.

  • Food allergy: An aspect of your pet’s diet triggers reactions such as itchy skin, diarrhea or other gastrointestinal problems.

  • Skin allergy or Atopic Dermatitis: 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.

Dog & Cat Allergy Symptoms

  • Itchy, red skin

  • Hives

  • Itchy skin

  • Vomiting

  • Diarrhea

  • Ear infections

  • Noticeable increase in scratching

  • Constant chewing or licking of paws

Common Causes of Pet Allergies:

  • Tree Pollen

  • Dust Mites

  • Fleas

  • Grasses

  • Mold

  • Cockroaches

  • Cleaning Products

  • Perfumes

  • Household materials and fabrics

Pet Allergy & Itch Treatment

Once the allergens have been identified, we develop a program to eliminate the source of the allergen in your pet’s environment.

Other options for itch relief include:

  • Antihistamines combined with essential fatty acids

  • Anti-itch conditioners

  • Topical steroid sprays

  • Oral steroids

  • Anti-itch prescriptions

  • Oral or injectable immunotherapy

  • Evaluation by a board certified veterinary dermatologist