Pets can get allergies, just like us, but their allergies typically manifest in the form of a skin disorder. If you notice your pet scratching incessantly and chewing at their feet, they could have an allergy. Pet allergies can stem from an ingredient in their diet, allergens in their environment (such as dust mites), flea bites, or seasonal changes. Left to their own devices, your pet will continue to scratch themselves, damaging the skin barrier, and this can lead to infection. Our veterinary team in Old Town can prevent infection in your pet with a customized treatment plan, and help you keep their condition under control.
There is no cure for allergies, but there are multiple ways we can treat the associated symptoms so your pet can live their lives in comfort once more. Our animal dermatology services include the following:
- Allergy testing
- Skin scrapings
- Skin biopsies
- Fungal cultures
- Allergy maintenance trials
- Blood testing
(oral anti-itch medication)
(injectable anti-itch medication)
- Hypoallergenic diet
- Topical sprays
- Medicated shampoo
Treating Your Pet
To find the most effective treatment for your pet’s condition, we will need to start by examining them, and run diagnostics for further clues if necessary. Once we have identified the cause of your pet’s skin disorder, we can decide on a course of action.
Your veterinarian may choose to move forward with an anti-itch medication and oral antibiotics (if an infection is present), or they might suggest a change in diet. If diet is suspected to be the cause of your pet’s symptoms, we will need to run a food trial and keep your pet on a special diet for up to 3 months to see if their condition improves.
Common Allergy Symptoms
If you notice the following symptoms in your pet, please consult with us as soon as possible so that we can start their treatment:
- Constant, excessive licking, chewing and scratching
- Fur/hair loss
- Red, inflamed skin
- Scaly patches of skin
- Raised bumps on the skin
Your pet’s comfort is important to us. Always call us at (312) 428-2571 if you have any questions about your pet’s behavior at home or suspect they have a problem. We’re always here to help.