If you often catch your pet scratching themselves or notice inflamed patches on their skin, they might be allergic to something in their environment.
Allergies are common in pets, and they can be challenging to manage if allowed to progress. When your pet has an itch, they try to relieve it by scratching and licking. If this goes on long enough, it can damage the skin and make them vulnerable to infection.
Allergies can create an uncomfortable cycle for your pet: the more they itch, the more they'll scratch. We'll address your pet's symptoms, diagnose their allergies, and offer options for treating the itch, the infection, and the allergy itself.
Allergies can’t be cured, but can be managed with lifestyle changes and medications. Our goal is to stop the cycle and give your pet the relief they deserve.
Treating Allergies and Other Skin Conditions
Allergies are not the only cause of itching and irritation in pets—other skin conditions can cause the same symptoms.
Before we can propose a treatment, we'll need to run the proper diagnostics to see if your pet's condition is allergy related. Skin and ear scrapes are tests that can help us make this determination. We must also understand your pet's daily habits and environment to evaluate whether other factors might be responsible.
Once we have assessed your pet's situation, we can discuss the appropriate treatment options to manage their condition and ease the itch. This can include oral medication, topical or injectable medication, a change in diet, or products such as wipes and shampoos.
We offer the following treatments for allergies and skin conditions, available in our pharmacy:
- Oral medications
- Full-range of skin care products, shampoos, and wipes
- Fatty-acid supplements
- Hydrolyzed diets for food allergies
- Injectable Medications
After diagnostic testing, we can create a custom-tailored allergy injection for your pet if this approach is appropriate for their needs.
What Are the Signs My Pet Has an Allergy?
- Discharge from eyes and nose
- Ear infections
- Red, inflamed skin and ears
- Licking and chewing at the paws
- Scaly patches on the skin
- Face rubbing
- Recurring hot spots
- Hair loss
If you suspect your pet has an allergy, don't wait for the symptoms to worsen. Although allergies can’t be cured, and some can be more difficult to manage than others, relief is available.