Itchy skin is one of the most common conditions we treat in pets, and is often caused by allergies. At Harts Animal Hospital, we understand the frustration of dealing with an itchy, unhappy pet. That’s why you should consult with one of our veterinarians so we can work out a solution together. Managing cat or dog allergies can take time, but we’re just as committed as you are to fixing the problem and improving your pet’s quality of life.
Symptoms of Allergies
Itching is just one part of a larger problem. When your pet itches, they scratch—often. As a result, you may also notice:
- Red, raw skin
- Patches of missing hair
- Lesions/scabs on the skin
- Runny eyes and nose
- Chewing and licking at the feet
- Pawing at face
- Ear infections
What Makes Pets Allergic?
Pets can be sensitive to allergens just like we can. They can also have autoimmune disorders that cause allergy symptoms. Some of the most common culprits are:
- Proteins in their food such as chicken, beef, eggs, and pork
If an ingredient in your pet’s food or treats is suspected, we will need to conduct a food elimination trial. This involves changing your pet’s diet and strictly limiting what they eat for several months, then changing them back to their original food to see if they have an allergic reaction.
How We Can Treat Cat & Dog Allergies
Making your pet’s allergies more manageable is not as easy as giving them an antihistamine. First, we need to see your pet for an exam. After the exam, tests may be needed to narrow down our options. Sometimes, diagnosing and treating cat and dog allergies can be a trial and error process, but the ultimate goal is to give your pet relief, heal any skin damage they have, and keeping the underlying allergy under control. There is no permanent cure for allergies, but we can help you make your pet’s life much easier.