Cat and Dog Allergy Treatments in Monroeville, PA
Cats and dogs can be allergic to many of the same things we are, but instead of sneezing and runny noses, they often develop itchy skin in response to the allergen. Itchy skin means lots of scratching at themselves, and seeing your cat or dog uncomfortable can be tough! At Northern Pike Veterinary Hospital, we have the experience with cat and dog allergy treatments to help relieve their discomfort so they can feel good in their own skin again!
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Allergy Symptoms in Dogs and Cats
Allergy symptoms in dogs and cats may include one or more of the following:
- Excessive itching, biting, and licking at the skin
- Chewing at paws
- Red, irritated looking skin
- Alopecia (hair loss), usually around the face, neck, belly, and armpits
- Odor from the skin
- Frequent ear infections
- Overgrooming (cats)
- Vomiting/diarrhea (in the case of food allergies)
- Runny nose and eyes
What Cats and Dogs are Allergic To
Our pets can be allergic to many of the same things we are, including:
- Flower, grass, and tree pollens
- Mold and mold spores
- Dust and dust mites
- Flea bites
- Cleaning items
- Perfumes/air fresheners
- Certain fabrics (usually synthetic)
- Food ingredients (pork, beef, chicken, eggs, dairy, etc.)
How to Diagnose Pet Allergies
Many of the symptoms of cat and dog allergies can also be indicative of other underlying conditions, so it’s important that we perform a complete diagnostic assessment to rule out these other issues. We’ll perform blood work, skin tests (cytology), a fecal exam, and other tests as needed. Our animal hospital can also collect a blood sample to send to an outside lab for an allergy test that should reveal exactly what your pet is allergic to. With an allergy test, we may also be able to develop an immunotherapy allergy shot that, over time, will reduce your pet’s sensitivity to the allergen.
Cat and Dog Allergy Treatment Options
Allergies cannot be cured, but they can be effectively managed. At Northern Pike Veterinary Hospital, we strive to find the best solution for allergy management for both your pet and you.
Our cat and dog allergy treatment options include:
- Cytopoint (an injectable that controls the itch for 4-8 weeks)
- Apoquel (a daily tablet for dogs)
- Allergy shot that helps reduce your pet’s sensitivity to the allergen
- Topical creams and medicated shampoos
- Flea prevention (in the case of flea allergy dermatitis)
- Specially formulated diets for food allergies.
- And more