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Expert Treatment & Management of Pet Allergies

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The veterinarians and staff at Park Ridge Animal Hospital are very familiar with pet allergies and the symptoms they cause. Allergies are one of the most common conditions in our area, so we’ve armed ourselves with the diagnostic tools to identify them, as well as the treatments to manage them.

What Do Pet Allergies Look Like & What Causes Them?

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Allergies very often manifest themselves as skin conditions, but can also cause some respiratory issues, or vomiting/diarrhea if it is a food allergy. Common symptoms of pet allergies include:

  • Red, irritated skin
  • Dry, flaky skin
  • Excessive scratching
  • Hot spots
  • Obsessive licking of the paws
  • Hair loss
  • Chronic ear infections
  • Runny eyes or nose
  • Sneezing
  • Vomiting or diarrhea

Common allergens for pets include:

  • Pollens
  • Mold spores
  • Dust and dust mites
  • Fleas (flea allergy dermatitis)
  • Grasses
  • Certain materials or fabrics
  • Cleaning products
  • Food ingredients
Pet Allergies in Park Ridge: Cat Scratching Ear

Diagnosing Pet Allergies

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If you suspect your pet has an allergy, the first thing we’ll do is rule out other causes of skin conditions such as an immune disease, bacterial or yeast infection, or parasites. Once we rule these options out, we’ll perform an allergy test to discover which allergen your pet is allergic to. Please keep in mind that this only works with environmental allergens. Food allergies are a different matter and require a food trial to determine the ingredient causing the symptoms.

Managing Allergies

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Pet allergies, much like your own, cannot be cured, only managed. We do our best to find the right treatment or combination of treatments to relieve your pet’s discomfort. These may include:

  • Cytopoint (an anti-itch injection for dogs that lasts 6-8 weeks)
  • Apoquel (an anti-itch daily tablet for dogs)
  • Atopica (an anti-itch oral solution for cats and dogs)
  • Antihistamines
  • Bathing with medicated shampoos
  • Topical treatments
  • Diet recommendations for food allergies
  • Anti-fungals for treatment of secondary fungal infections
  • Anti-bacterials for treatment of secondary bacterial infections

Contact us today if you think your pet may have allergies. We'll discover the root cause of the issue and get your pet the relief they deserve!

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