One of the most common reasons Shores Animal Hospital sees pets in our hospital is for allergy-induced skin conditions. Allergens are pervasive in Gainesville, Florida and affect pets just as they do humans. Do you think your pet is having an allergic reaction? Itching, scratching and hot spots are all good indications of allergies. Pet allergies are both common and treatable, however if they are left untreated, they can become a serious health condition for your pet.
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
Noticeable increase in scratching
Constant chewing or licking of paws
Common Causes of Pet Allergies:
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. Our vets may prescribe one of the following relief options for your pet:
Antihistamines combined with essential fatty acids
Topical steroid sprays
Oral or injectable immunotherapy
Evaluation by a board certified veterinary dermatologist
If you think your pet is suffering from allergy-induced skin irritations, please do not hesitate to contact Shores Animal Hospital in Gainesville, Florida to schedule a consultation with our vets.