Allergies and skin irritation are two of the most common reasons we see pets at Block House Creek Animal Hospital. If you have noticed that your pet has chronic itching, scratching, or hot spots, these are all good indications of allergies. Pet allergies in Cedar Park, Texas are very common and treatable, but can fester and become serious health conditions if left untreated for too long. For this reason, it is especially important to get your pet checked if you suspect they are suffering from allergies.
Types of Allergies in Dogs and Cats
Flea or parasitical allergy: Bites from fleas or other parasites on your dog or cat cause an intense allergic reaction, resulting in itchy skin.
Food allergy: One or more components of your pet’s diet triggers reactions such as itchy skin, diarrhea or other gastrointestinal problems.
Skin allergy or Atopic Dermatitis: An allergen or foreign substance is inhaled or makes contact with the skin, causing extreme itching. Many times this can lead to skin infections or skin injuries from excessive scratching.
Dog & Cat Allergy Symptoms:
Common Causes of Pet Allergies:
Pet Allergy & Itch Treatment
Once the allergens have been identified, our allergen specialists at Block House Creek Animal Hospital can develop a program to eliminate the source of the allergen in your pet’s environment.
Other options for itch relief include:
Antihistamines combined with essential fatty acids
Topical steroid sprays
Oral or injectable immunotherapy
Evaluation by a board certified veterinary dermatologist
If you think your pet is suffering from allergies, whether environmental or diet-related, be sure to contact our staff at Block House Creek Animal Hospital for questions or to make an appointment.