Scratching the Itch: Treating Pets with Allergies
Pet dermatology is a very real and important area of pet medicine. While your pet’s fur coat might protect their skin from sunburn, it could also be hiding skin problems caused by allergies. We offer pet dermatology services to Norridge and surrounding areas because we know that allergies are prevalent among our canine and feline family members.
Skin conditions are common among pets, and these often result from an allergy. Likewise, there are various things that can cause allergies in pets. To treat their condition, we need to isolate the cause and find the proper means to relieve the symptoms and prevent future flare-ups.
What Are Some Common Skin Conditions in Pets?
While we can’t count the number of patients we’ve seen with pet dermatology conditions, we do know that some are far more common than others.
- Lick granulomas – caused by constant licking of a specific spot on the leg, sometimes due to an irritant on the skin, or possibly due to stress or boredom
- Dermatitis – usually involves hair loss and skin irritation caused by fleas and mites
- Ringworm – a highly contagious fungal infection that causes bald, circular patches on the skin
- Mange – caused by demodex mites, mange is characterized by severe hair loss and itching
- Flea allergic dermatitis – skin irritation and itchiness caused by flea bites
- Ear infections – can be caused by ear mites, excessive hair growth inside the ear, yeast, foreign bodies and/or moisture
What Kinds of Allergies Can Pets Have?
Like people, pets can become allergic to all kinds of things, including:
- Food ingredients like beef, pork, chicken, fish, dairy, corn, wheat and even eggs
- Dust mites
Food allergies, seasonal allergies and flea allergic dermatitis are quite common and, while they may be irritating (for you and your pet), they can be controlled and managed with the right treatment.
How We Can Help
We offer a variety of treatment options to tackle a variety of pet dermatology problems. The first step is to examine your pet and run diagnostics to get to the bottom of the issue. Secondly, once we’ve found the cause, we will need to discuss the treatments that are the safest and most effective for your pet.
Some of our treatments include medicated shampoos, hypoallergenic food, topical sprays and salves, oral anti-itch medication, and monoclonal antibody therapy (neutralizing itch-inducing proteins secreted by the immune system).
If your pet is itching and scratching like there's no tomorrow, call us at (708) 457-0066 so we can get their condition under control and give them a chance to heal.