In-Depth Treatment for Pet Allergies
Your pet’s incessant scratching may not be a case of fleas, but allergies. Pet allergies can be difficult to treat because there are a variety of possible causes, and the symptoms are not specific. Furthermore, if your pet’s allergies have been progressing for some time, they could also be suffering from secondary infections on their skin. Get in touch with our team at Maplewood Animal Hospital and so we can help your pet return to normal and live comfortably again.
Is your pet itchy and unhappy? We want to help.
Common Allergy Symptoms
Not sure if your pet is suffering from allergies? Look for the following symptoms and let us know if you think your pet needs treatment:
- Red, inflamed skin
- Swollen, painful ears
- Hair loss between the toes, under the arms/legs, and on the belly
- Runny eyes and nose
- Licking and chewing at paws
Allergens that Can Affect Your Pet
What makes pets allergic? Often, dogs can suffer from seasonal allergies just like we can, and some of the allergens to which they are sensitive affect humans in similar ways. Some of the more typical allergens for pets are:
- Pollen (cottonwood, ragweed, etc.)
- Proteins in their diet (chicken, beef, pork, eggs)
- Chemicals in cleaning fluids and fertilizers
Thank you for being so patient and understanding with my Sheeba. Dr. Fipp is very kind and willing to help in anyway he can! Wonderful service and such good hearted staff.
- Shana W.
How We Can Treat Your Pet’s Allergies
Treating allergies may require a multilayered approach, depending on the length and severity of your pet’s condition. To properly diagnose them and devise a treatment that works, we will need to:
- Examine your pet from nose to tail and review their medical history
- Discuss your pet’s environment, diet, and daily habits to narrow down the possible causes
- Perform lab tests in-house or send out for allergy testing
- Recommend a food elimination trial if we suspect that your pet has a food allergy
We offer various treatment options for the wide range of conditions we see at our hospital:
- Oral medication
- Topical sprays and ointments
- Anti-itch injections
- Antibiotics (oral and topical)
- Hypoallergenic diets
- Steroid injections