Managing Cat & Dog Allergies
Pets can get allergies just like people can and when they do, they often scratch and lick until their skin is raw and red. In fact, skin disorders are often the result of an allergy, and only by treating the allergy can your pet’s symptoms be alleviated. At Festival Animal Clinic we provide many dermatology-related services for pets in Centennial and surrounding areas because cat & dog allergies are very common.
While allergies cannot be cured, they can be managed with the right treatment, which we can find by utilizing our diagnostic capabilities. Understanding the cause of the allergies is vital to helping us treat it.
Common Allergy Culprits
Pet allergies occur when the body is exposed to certain allergens and has a highly sensitive reaction to these allergens. Some common allergens that affect pets include:
- Dust mites
- Food ingredients such as chicken, pork, beef, fish, and corn
- Certain fabrics
- Cleaning solutions
Symptoms of Allergies
Itching is one of the primary symptoms of pet allergies, which pets respond to by scratching. This can result in:
- Hair loss
- Red, raw skin
- Inflamed skin
- Secondary infection
- Scaly patches on the skin
All of these issues can intensify your pet’s discomfort and lead to an endless cycle of scratching and chewing at the skin. Relieving their itching is the only way to stop this cycle and give your pet the time they need to heal and recover.
Treating Your Pet
For every pet with allergies, there is a solution to give them relief. We offer diagnostics to help us identify and diagnose allergies and the multitude of other issues they can cause. Furthermore, our veterinarians can provide different treatments to control the allergies and keep the symptoms under control.
A few of the tests we can do in-house to diagnose skin issues include fungal cultures, skin scraping, and blood testing. Treatment options vary from oral medications to topical sprays and ointments, to hypoallergenic food. The goal is to find a method that works best for your pet.