Dogs and cats can be allergic to almost anything, similar to allergies in people. Pets can be allergic to allergens in their household environment, outside environment, or even their food. Symptoms can range from itchiness and ear or eye infections, to constant licking and even vomiting or diarrhea. Many pets suffer from allergies which can directly affect their quality of life, as well as their owner’s.
Ask your pet’s veterinarian about the simple ways you can find out if your pet has allergies and how we can help. Common household allergens: flea dirt, other pet dander, dust mites, cleaning products, cigarettes, perfumes; Common outside allergens: regional plants and pollens, molds, grasses; Common food allergies: chicken, beef, corn, soy.
Skin diseases are very common in dogs and cats and can be frustrating and challenging to diagnose and treat without proper knowledge and tests. They can also make your pet miserable. Dermatology is the study of skin diseases and we are here to help ensure that your pet’s skin stays healthy throughout its life. We are knowledgeable and ready to help you walk what may seem like a daunting maze of tests and procedures to get to the bottom of your pet’s skin issues.
Many pets we see have had skin issues for months, or even years with itchiness, scabbing, or hair loss. Your pet’s veterinarian can discuss options that will help diagnose the underlying condition that is causing the skin problems. Tests may include allergy testing, looking at skin preparations under a microscope, and possibly even skin biopsies. These results will guide your pet’s veterinarian decide what treatment options are best for you and your pet, and what will allow the quickest resolution of your pet’s skin condition.