An allergy is an oversensitive reaction of the body’s immune system to normally harmless substances in the environment. Animal allergies fall under several general categories; inhaled allergens (such as dust, pollen, or mold), dietary allergens, parasitic allergens, or contact irritation.
We use a variety of diagnostic tools including skin scrapings, fungal and bacterial cultures, cytology, biopsy, and allergy blood-testing to get to the root cause of what is making your pet itch. Solutions vary depending on the type of allergen your pet is reacting to. An individual program to maintain your pet’s skin and prevent allergic flare-ups may include oral antihistamines, a prescription diet trial, omega fatty acid supplementation, and specialized topical products such as shampoos, conditioners, or sprays that may contain oatmeal and omega 3 fatty acids as well as other helpful ingredients.
Symptoms of Skin Problems in Pets
- Scratching, licking, or chewing at skin
- Redness or inflammation
- Dark or black looking, wrinkled skin
- Hot spots (one particular area where itching is intense)
- Round, scaly patches on the face and paws
- Dry, flaky, or otherwise irritated skin
- Hair loss, bald patches
- Drainage of blood or pus
- Swellings, lumps, or skin discoloration
- Rubbing face against furniture or carpeting