Did you know that just like people, pet allergies are typically lifelong conditions? This means that while we cannot cure allergies, we are able to manage symptoms through a combination of topical and oral medications, injectables, and more.
Our expert veterinary team at Crossroads Animal Hospital has seen enough scratchy cats and dogs to know allergies are common among our pets. Our primary goal is to pinpoint the underlying causes affecting your pet and devise a tailored treatment plan for the long-term management of symptoms. We are dedicated to working closely with you and your pets to accurately diagnose and effectively treat allergies and skin conditions.
Common signs and symptoms of pet allergies may manifest as:
- Excessive scratching or licking
- Biting or chewing of the skin
- Hair loss
- Recurring skin or ear infections
- Chronic gastrointestinal symptoms (e.g., vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss)
What Causes Pet Allergies?
Various internal and external conditions can present as skin irritations. Potential causes may include:
- Atopic dermatitis (environmental allergies)
- Food allergies
- Skin infections
- Endocrine disease
- Neoplastic skin disease (skin cancer)
- Immune-mediated skin disease
What Are My Treatment Options?
While each treatment plan is uniquely customized to each pet, these plans may involve:
- Oral allergy medication
- Topical treatments
- Injectable allergy medication
- Food trials
How Do We Diagnose Skin Conditions?
At Crossroads Animal Hospital, our commitment lies in thoroughly investigating your pet's skin condition. We offer advanced diagnostic procedures such as cytology, which looks at the cells for abnormalities. When needed labs can be sent out to test for specific allergens and referrals can be made to specialized dermatologists.
Preparing for Your Appointment
If you notice any signs or symptoms of a skin condition or allergy in your pet, please don't hesitate to contact Crossroads Animal Hospital.