Commonly, pet owners bring their pets to Your Family Veterinarian for skin conditions that are often caused by allergies. Do you believe your pet has allergies or is suffering from an allergic reaction? Itching, scratching, and hot spots are all symptoms of allergies and skin conditions. Allergies in pets are very common and treatable, but if they are left untreated, they can fester and become serious health issues.
Dogs and cats typically experience three different types of allergies:
Flea allergy: A flea bite on your dog or cat causes an intense allergic reaction resulting in itchy skin.
Food allergy: Certain things in the diet of your dog or cat can trigger a reaction such as itchy skin, diarrhea, or other gastrointestinal problems.
Skin allergy: An outside substance or allergen that is inhaled or comes into contact with the skin cause extremely itchy skin that can lead to skin infections or other skin injuries from excessive scratching. Skin allergies are known as atopic dermatitis.
Dog and Cat Allergy Symptoms
General Causes of Pet Allergies Although some environmental allergens may be specific to certain regions of Orlando, common pet irritants include:
Pet Allergy & Itch Treatment
When the allergens have been recognized, we can develop a program to eliminate the source of the allergy in your pet’s environment.
Other options for itch relief include:
antihistamines combined with essential fatty acids
topical steroid sprays
oral or injectable immunotherapy
option for a referral to a board-certified veterinary dermatologist for evaluation
At Your Family Veterinarian, we will examine your pet’s health to limit future allergies from occurring and set the proper course of home treatment for pet allergies.