Treating Allergies and Skin Conditions in Pets
It’s not all that difficult to tell when your pet has an itch—they scratch, and will scratch for a long time if the itching doesn’t abate. Did you know that itchy skin can be an indication of allergies in your pet? While runny eyes and sneezing are certainly part and parcel of allergy symptoms, itchy skin, or pruritus, is also a significant sign. If your pet is chewing at their paws, licking and scratching at their flanks, and appears to have red, raw skin under their arms and around their belly, an allergy may be likely.
At Glen Ellyn Animal Hospital, we know that many pets experience or will experience allergies during their lifetime. To alleviate discomfort and help owners manage their pet’s symptoms, our veterinarians can provide pet dermatology services tailored to the needs of each individual patient.
Our Pet Dermatology Services
To successfully diagnose and control your pet’s allergy symptoms, we offer the following services and treatments:
- Skin scraping
- Allergy testing
- Apoquel (oral anti-itch medication)
- Cytopoint (injectable anti-itch medication)
- BioHex medicated shampoo*
*We offer a large line of dermatology products. For more information about these products, please contact our office.
If you notice any of the following with your pet, contact us immediately so we can administer treatment and minimize their symptoms. Excessive licking and scratching can damage your pet’s skin barrier and result in an infection.
- Itching, scratching and licking
- Swelling of the face, ears and lips
- Skin that is noticeably red and inflamed
- Itchy ears
- Chronic ear infections
- Runny, itchy eyes
- Patches of missing fur
Common Pet Allergies We Can Treat
Allergies are extremely common in pets, and while they should not be a cause for alarm, they should be addressed promptly. Your pet can develop allergies to ingredients in their diet, allergens in their environment such as dust mites, mold and pollen, or even fleas. Conditions we frequently treat at our hospital in Glen Ellyn include:
- Atopic dermatitis – caused by airborne pollens, dust mites, or even grass
- Allergic dermatitis – caused by contact with allergens
- Food allergies – can be caused by corn, chicken, beef, seafood, or other additives, like dyes
- Acute allergic reactions – often caused by bee stings or reactions to a new vaccine or drug; symptoms include hives and swelling of the face, throat and ears.
- Ringworm – usually seen with shelter animals, ringworm is not a worm but a fungal parasite that can be transmitted between humans and animals.