Providing Safe Solutions for Cat and Dog Allergies in Newport News, VA
Many dogs and cats come to us each year for itchy skin and other symptoms related to allergies. Like us, some pets’ immune systems overreact when exposed to certain allergens, and this can cause serious discomfort. Itchy skin (pruritus) is not just uncomfortable; it can lead to a host of other problems, including hair loss and skin infections. To combat these issues, our animal hospital in Newport News, VA is dedicated to working with pet parents to find effective and safe treatment options for cat and dog allergies. Allergies can’t be cured completely, but they can be managed quite well with the right treatment plan.
Call us today at (757) 877-6464 to schedule an appointment for your itchy pet!
Signs Your Pet Might be Allergic to Something
If you observe these symptoms/physical signs in your pet, they could have an allergy and should be seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible.
- Scratching, biting, and/or licking at the skin
- Chewing at their feet
- Areas of hair loss under the arms and legs, around the lower belly, and/or between the toes
- Areas of skin that appear unusually red and inflamed
- Dry, scaly patches of skin on the body
- Skin and ear odor
- Ear infections
- Discharge from the eyes and nose
- Vomiting or diarrhea (rare, but could indicate an allergy to food ingredients)
What Makes Dogs and Cats Allergic?
There are all kinds of allergens out there that can make our beloved pets itchy and miserable. These are the most common:
- Mold spores
- Dust/dust mites
- Flea saliva
- Food ingredients including eggs, chicken, and pork
- Food dyes
- Synthetic fabrics
- Cleaning solutions
- Lawn fertilizers
How We Can Help Your Pet Manage Their Allergies
There is no cure-all for allergies, but there are plenty of ways we can lessen your pet’s symptoms and improve their quality of life.
Understanding Their Lifestyle
The first step is to examine your pet and discuss their day-to-day activities. We’d like to know as much as we can about your pet’s eating habits, places they frequent, things they’re exposed to, and anything else that could help us get to the bottom of their condition.
Making a Diagnosis
Next, we will most likely need to perform testing to obtain further information. Is your pet’s condition due to an allergy or something else? Because skin issues are often linked to allergies, we need to make absolutely sure that we have the right diagnosis.
Alleviating the Symptoms and Controlling the Allergy
At Colony Animal Hospital, we offer a variety of cat and dog allergy treatment options. This includes various anti-itch medications which come in tablet, topical, and injectable form. We can also provide topical ointments for inflammation and infections, as well as shampoos and sprays, hypoallergenic diets and treats, and supplements for the skin and coat.
The key is to reduce itching and support the healing of the skin (if it has been damaged from licking and scratching). If need be, we can also provide antibiotics to treat skin and ear infections. Allergy management requires a multifaceted approach that targets all the primary and secondary issues your pet may be experiencing as a result of their allergy, from itchy skin to bacterial infections to hair loss.