Managing Pet Allergies with Dermatology
If you catch your pet scratching themselves often or notice inflamed patches on their skin, they may be allergic to something in their environment. Allergies are common in pets, but they can be hard to manage if allowed to progress. When your pet has an itch, the only relief they can get is through scratching and licking at the spot. If this goes on long enough, it can damage their skin barrier and leave them vulnerable to infection. Fortunately, our veterinary team in Canton can help.
We'll address your pet's symptoms, diagnose their allergies, and offer different options for treating the itch, the infection and the allergy altogether. Allergies can create an uncomfortable cycle for your pet, as the more they itch, the more they'll scratch. Our goal is to stop this cycle and restore your pet to the comfortable and happy life they deserve.
How Do I Know My Pet Has an Allergy?
Is your pet's skin condition really due to an allergy? We can help you find out. Pet allergies are often characterized by certain symptoms, including:
- Discharge from eyes and nose
- Chewing and licking at the feet
- Scratching, licking and biting at the ears, sides and belly
- Red, inflamed skin and ears, ear infections
- Scaly patches on the skin
- Face rubbing
- Recurring hot spots
- Hair loss
Types of pet allergies include atopy, contact dermatitis, and food allergies. Symptoms may vary depending on the pet and the allergy. If you suspect that your pet has an allergy, don't wait for the symptoms to get worse--contact us right away!
Treating Allergies and Other Skin Conditions
Allergies are not the only cause of itching and irritation in pets. Additionally, we can diagnose and treat problems such as sarcoptic or demodectic mange (caused by mites), skin cancer, and fungal infections like ringworm. Before we can propose a treatment, we'll need to run the proper diagnostics to see if your pet's condition is allergy-related. We also need to understand your pet's daily habits and environment to determine whether other factors might be responsible.
Once we have evaluated your pet's situation, we can then discuss the appropriate treatment options. This can include oral medication, topical medication, injectable medication, a change in diet and/or special shampoos.
We Can Help Your Pet Heal
Our objective is to find the treatments that are most effective and safe for your pet. Furthermore, we'll be glad to answer your questions and show you what you can do at home to keep your pet healthy. Allergies and skin infections can reduce your pet's sense of wellbeing, so don't hesitate to call us at (734) 844-8844 if you suspect a problem.
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