Using Pet Dermatology to Control the Itch

Pet allergies manifest most commonly as skin problems. Cats and dogs can be allergic to many of the same things we are including pollens, insects, certain materials, perfumes, as well as food ingredients. At Creekside Animal Clinic we have the experience and the tools to not only treat your pet’s skin condition but manage their allergies, too.

Recognizing an Allergy
Allergies are common to our area, as many of you can probably attest to! These environmental allergens can affect our pets as well. If you notice your pet scratches more often in the spring than in the winter, you could have pet allergies on your hands. Some pets can even have symptoms all year-round if their allergy is tied to something in the home such as dust mites. Others have a food allergy and so could suffer from vomiting, diarrhea or other gastrointestinal upsets as well as itching.

Allergens Include

  • Pollens
  • Mold
  • Dust or dust mites
  • Fleas (causing flea allergy dermatitis)
  • Certain materials (rubber, plastic, etc.)
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Perfume
  • Feathers
  • Certain food ingredients

Allergy Symptoms Include

  • Obsessive scratching
  • Excessive licking
  • Chewing paws
  • Red, dry, flaky skin
  • Hair loss
  • Chronic ear infections
  • Runny, itchy eyes
  • Vomiting or diarrhea

Our Allergy Diagnostics
If your dog or cat presents any allergy symptoms, we’ll first run diagnostic tests as needed to ensure the cause is not an underlying disease or condition. When all other options have been ruled out, we can confidently diagnose an allergy. Keep in mind that for food allergies, your pet will need to go on a hypoallergenic diet for 6-12 weeks. Then, we will gradually add in possible allergens one by one until we discover which one causes their reaction.

Treatments and Management
We aim to not only treat the current allergy symptoms but to control your pet’s allergies for the future so they suffer fewer outbreaks. Common treatments include:

  • Apoquel (a tablet that reduces the itch)
  • Cytopoint (an immunotherapy injection that alleviates the itch)
  • Medicated shampoos
  • Topical creams or mousses
  • Anti-fungals to treat secondary fungal infections
  • Antibiotics to treat secondary

Contact us today at (330) 825-9556 to schedule a pet dermatology appointment and get your pet on the path to relief!