Allergies & Dermatology
Just like humans, pets can develop allergies to food, environment, and other substances. Allergy testing and diet tests are the best way to accurately diagnose your pet. This is then usually paired with a dermatologic examination as some of the more common symptoms of allergies such as itching and rashes can be due to underlying skin
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What Are Allergies in Pets?
Pets are just like humans in that they can develop allergies. An allergy occurs when your dog or cat’s immune system overreacts to foreign substances in their environment. Their immune system will actively try to remove this foreign substance, which can trigger an allergic reaction.
Typically, pets can develop an allergy to food, insects, inhalants and other allergic substances from your pet’s environment. Note that allergies can happen at any stage in their life.
Common Allergic Symptoms in Pets
If your pet develops an allergy, the symptoms may present as respiratory-related issues. Inhalant allergies such as dust, pollen, or mold can make your dog or cat sneeze, wheeze, or cough.
The other common symptom is dermatitis, an acute skin condition that leaves your pet’s skin feeling itchy. You may see increased scratching, rubbing, or licking of certain areas. Ear infections and scooting are also signs your pet may have an allergy.
Dermatologic Skin Conditions in Pets
Oftentimes your pet’s outward skin condition may be caused by a larger, underlying issue. Skin conditions such as ringworm or symptoms like rashes can cause stress and discomfort to your pet. Our doctors can provide a thorough dermatologic examination along with any necessary diagnostics and treatments for your pet.
Treating Allergies and Skin Conditions in Pets
Allergy testing and diet trials are the only way to accurately identify the source of your pet’s allergies. The results can then be used to develop tailored immunotherapy plans to treat the underlying cause of your pet’s allergies.
At your home appointment, Your BetterVet doctor will collect a thorough medical history of your pet to get a timeline of events. We will ask about things like a recent diet change, relocation, and seasonality of symptoms which can be critical to make an accurate diagnosis. Diagnostics like cytology, skin scraping, cultures, or blood work may be recommended to rule out other causes for your pet’s conditions. Medications, diet changes, and supplements can then be custom tailored to your pet’s needs to provide them relief. Allergy testing may be recommended to understand the cause of your pet’s allergies.