Pet Skin Allergies A Veterinarian Can Treat
Like humans, dogs and cats can suffer from a variety of skin allergies that can make life very uncomfortable. There are more than 160 skin conditions that dogs and cats can experience. If not treated properly by a vet, many of them can develop into severe conditions. We at Duarte Azura Animal Hospital have state-of-the-art equipment to diagnose common allergies and medicine to control them, relieving a pet of its distressing symptoms.
Common Allergies That Can Affect A Pet’s Life
Skin allergies in pets come from three primary sources:
Flea and Mite Allergies:
Fleas and mites are irritants for any animal who is plagued by them. But, for some pets, the secretions and toxins these pests introduce into the bites can trigger an allergic reaction. Fleas can be difficult to manage, and an allergy to flea bites can develop into a dermatological distress for an animal.
Often, certain proteins in food can cause an allergic reaction. Proteins that the animal’s body misidentifies as a toxin will trigger an immune response, resulting in inflammation, itching, and irritation. Once our vet identifies the allergen, it can then be eliminated from the pet’s diet.
Pets can also suffer from allergens in their environments, such as grass, plastics, and cleaning products. Our veterinarian can determine the cause of the allergy so that you can eliminate it from your pet’s living space.
Pet Allergy Symptoms
Symptoms will vary with each pet as it depends on the cause of the allergen. Generally, the below symptoms can be a sign of reaction to a pet allergy:
- Swelling anywhere in the face, including the ears, eyes, and lips
- Constant sneezing, itchiness, or licking
- Rash along the skin
- Inflamed or red skin
How Veterinary Medicine Can Reduce the Symptoms
As mentioned before, we have the latest technology to determine the underlying cause of an allergy. We can perform several tests to diagnose the problem, including skin scraping, elimination diets, tissue biopsy, and bacterial and fungal tests, among others.
Once we confirm a diagnosis, we will be able to provide treatment to minimize the symptoms, such as medication shampoos, antihistamines, oral steroids, or allergy shots. In addition to veterinary treatment, we will advise lifestyle changes to reduce the amount of contact to the allergen.
Contact Us to Schedule A Pet Exam
Without proper veterinary care, any of the above allergies can become serious. Here at Duarte Azusa Animal Hospital in Duarte, CA, our veterinarian and team are trained and experienced at identifying and treating the causes of pet skin conditions. Get in touch with us today by calling 626-357-2251 to learn more or to schedule an appointment.