Overcoming Cat & Dog Allergies and Skin Conditions
If your pet is struggling with allergies, we know how frustrating it must be for the both of you! While sneezing, runny noses and runny eyes can occur, itchy skin is the primary symptom in pets. So if you see your pet scratching far more than normal, they could be reacting to an allergy. Luckily, our team in Dunedin is skilled in diagnosing cat and dog allergies and skin conditions, and finding treatments that give every pet the relief they need.
What Could My Pet Be Allergic To?
There are many different things your pet could be allergic to. Our job is to help you find out what that is! Allergens are just about everywhere, and we may need to go in-depth to isolate the main cause. Common pet allergens include:
- Fleas (chemicals in their saliva can cause an allergic reaction when they bite)
- Animal or human dander
- Food ingredients (chicken, pork, beef, lamb, wheat, or eggs)
Signs Your Pet May Have an Allergy
In addition to scratching, there are other visual signs you can look for to confirm that your pet has some type of allergy/skin problem:
- Raw, bald patches of skin
- Dry, scaly patches
- Red skin and missing fur between the toes
- Small bumps on the skin
- Ears are red and inflamed
- Skin gives off an odor
- Rubbing at face and ears
- Vomiting/diarrhea (could indicate food allergy)
Various Diagnostics and Treatments are Available
Getting your pet’s allergies fully under control may take time, depending on the type they have and how severe it has become. Despite the challenges, there is always a solution, and we’re more than happy to help you find it. Our hospital offers a variety of testing capabilities and treatments to address secondary infections and the primary allergy itself.
What People Say About Us
"Dr. Culpepper and her staff at Paws and Claws Animal Medical Center are phenomenal! They treat each of my dogs as if they are the most important dog they have seen that day, and take the time to cuddle and play with them during the exams. My dogs all love coming to see Dr. Culpepper!"
- Jackie K.