Dog and Cat Allergy Treatments in Countryside
It is not at all unusual for pets to develop allergies; in fact, like us, they can also become allergic due to ingredients in their diet or contact with allergens in their environment. While sneezing can certainly be a symptom your pet experiences due to their allergy, a much more common (and severe) symptom is itching of the skin. Dogs and cats alike can suffer from this affliction, which forces them to scratch and lick at themselves in an endless cycle of discomfort. Unfortunately, this seemingly endless scratching can lead to infection and intensify the itching.
To prevent this issue from getting worse, bring your pet to our animal hospital in Countryside. Our veterinarians are experienced in dog and cat allergy treatments and would be more than happy to help you find a solution to your pet’s ongoing problem.
Our Dog and Cat Allergy Services
To diagnose and treat your dog or cat’s allergies, our veterinarians can utilize one or more of the following services:
- Allergy testing
- Skin scraping
- Skin cytology
- Food trials
- Fungal cultures
- Medicated shampoo/baths
- Topical medication
- Hypoallergenic diet
Common Dog and Cat Allergies
There is no cure for dog or cat allergies, but the symptoms can be effectively managed with the right treatment plan. Below are some of the most common types of allergies we see in pets.
- Food allergies
- Flea bite dermatitis
- Environmental allergies/atopic dermatitis
To develop the best treatment for your pet, we first need to diagnose their condition. If a food allergy is suspected, your veterinarian may want to conduct a food trial to find out if your pet’s current diet is responsible. Food trials can take up to 3 months, and your pet must only eat the food your veterinarian prescribes them.
Following a diagnosis, we will need to evaluate your pet’s overall health history and consider which medications will benefit them most. Some pets may require a combination of topical suspension and oral medication to manage the issue.
Signs Your Pet Has a Skin Problem
Be on the lookout for the following symptoms:
- Red, inflamed skin
- Hairless patches
- Dry, scaly patches of skin
- Dandruff and a greasy coat
- An unpleasant odor
- Scaly, circular patches on the face and/or body
If you notice any of these occurring with your pet, bring them in to see us so we can begin their treatment as soon as possible.