Managing Cat & Dog Allergies in Lewisville, NC
In Lewisville, NC, seasonal allergies can be a serious problem for us as well as our pets! Cats and dogs can be allergic to the same things we are, but instead of suffering primarily from sinus issues, they typically have itchy, irritated skin. With excessive scratching comes a broken skin barrier, and an open door to infection. At Shallowford Animal Hospital, we are experienced in managing cat and dog allergies so your pet can feel good in their skin through every season!
What Are Cats & Dogs Allergic To?
Common allergens in cats and dogs include:
- Tree, grass, and flower pollens
- Mold spores
- Flea bites
- Dust and dust mites
- Cleaning products
- Certain materials
- Food ingredients such as dairy, beef, chicken, pork, eggs, etc.
Allergy Symptoms in Dogs & Cats
As we mentioned, cat and dog allergy symptoms differ from our own. Common symptoms include:
- Excessive scratching of red, irritated skin
- Chewing/licking paws
- Hot spots
- Hair loss
- Frequent ear infections
- Vomiting/diarrhea (in the case of food allergies)
Diagnosing Cat & Dog Allergies
Before we can effectively manage your pet’s allergies, it’s important we rule out underlying conditions. Certain illnesses as well as parasites can cause the same symptoms allergies can, so it’s important we rule out those conditions before we focus on treating allergies. Once we determine your pet has no underlying conditions or parasites, we can then focus on finding the right treatment plan to effectively manage their allergies.
How Do I Manage My Cat’s or Dog’s Allergies?
Since every cat and dog is unique, it may take a few trials and errors to find the right treatment or combination of treatments that works best for them. Allergy management options may include medication, medicated shampoos and topicals, a hypoallergenic diet, and/or supplements. If your pet has secondary bacterial or fungal infections, we’ll also include antibiotics or antifungal medications in their treatment plan.
We want your pet to be comfortable in their own skin again so they can fully enjoy life. Therefore, our veterinarian and staff will continue to work toward providing them with complete allergy relief.