Millions of pets suffer from allergies and skin disorders. It is estimated that about 10–15% of pets suffer from allergies, but only 2% are properly diagnosed. Many pets go untreated or the issue may never get completely resolved. Often identifying the offending allergen and finding the right treatment can be challenging. Here at Ingleside Animal Hospital, we have the advanced diagnostic skills to relieve pet allergies and skin problems.
How We Can Help
We treat simple allergies to the most severe. Depending of the type of allergy, our doctors can recommend the appropriate treatment plan for you and your pet. Treatment options include use of shampoos and conditioners, antihistamines, fatty acid supplementation, steroids, ATOPICA, diet, and immunotherapy.
We use the latest technologies in allergy testing, including blood tests and treatments offered by Heska. Heska offers innovative immune therapy, specific to your dog’s individual allergy in easy to administer oral spay pumps or by injection. Results can be seen in as little as one to three months. We also explore other supplements, including advising you how to eliminate allergens from your pet’s environment.
In the case of food allergies, we offer a wide variety of prescription and hydrolyzed protein diets. With four different brands available for purchase (Purina, Science Diet, Royal Canin, and IAMS), finding the right formula that your cat or dog enjoys eating is easy.
Symptoms of Pet Allergies in Cats & Dogs
In milder cases, allergies in pets can go unrecognized by owners and thus untreated. Seeing our pets lick and scratch is a fairly common occurrence. But, if you see constant chewing, itching, licking, and chronic ear infections, it is time to give us a call. Such a state is uncomfortable, and sometimes downright painful for your animal.
Frequently allergies manifest as skin problems—itching, moist, red, and scabbed skin conditions. However, symptoms can vary and include:
- Itchy, runny eyes
- Snoring caused by an inflamed throat
- Paw chewing/swollen paws
Common Allergens for Cats & Dogs
There are many potential allergens that may plague our pets. Many are common allergens for humans as well!
- Tree, grass, and plant/weed pollens
- Mold spores
- Dust and house dust mites
- Cigarette smoke
- Prescription drugs
- Perfumes, cleaning products, shampoos
- Fabrics or rubber and plastic materials
Call us today if your pet is itching or exhibits other signs of allergy or skin problems.