Allergy Treatment for Dogs & Cats
Is your pet constantly itching, chewing, and licking their skin?
At Edgewater Animal Hospital, 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. Common triggers are trees, grass, weed pollen, mold, and dust. 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?
- 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