Allergy-induced skin conditions are some of the most common reasons for bringing a pet to Friendship Veterinary Hospital. Do you think your pet has an allergic reaction? Itching, scratching and hot spots are all good indications of allergies. Pet allergies are very common and treatable, but can fester and become serious health conditions if left untreated.
Types of Allergies in Dogs and Cats
Flea allergy: The bite of a flea on your dog or cat causes an intense allergic reaction, resulting in itchy skin.
Food allergy: An aspect of your pet’s diet triggers reactions such as itchy skin, diarrhea or other gastrointestinal problems.
Skin allergy or Atopic Dermatitis: An allergen or foreign substance is inhaled or makes contact with the skin, causing extremely itchy skin. This can lead to skin infections or skin injuries from excessive scratching.
Dog & Cat Allergy Symptoms
Pet Allergy & Itch Treatment
Once the allergens have been identified, we develop a program to eliminate the source of the allergen in your pet’s environment.
Other options for itch relief include:
Antihistamines combined with essential fatty acids
Topical steroid sprays
Oral or injectable immunotherapy
Evaluation by a board-certified veterinary dermatologist (Friendship Veterinary Hospital can refer you if needed)
Contact us at 850-862-9813 to learn more about pet allergies in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. We will explain your pet’s condition, how to prevent future allergy occurrences and the proper method of home treatment for pet allergies.