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Pet Allergies in Schertz: Dogs in Waiting Room
Managing Pet Allergies with Dermatology

Managing Pet Allergies with Dermatology

Pet allergies are fairly common in our dogs and cats. They cause itchy, irritated skin, which opens the door for secondary infections and other problems. At Schertz Animal Hospital, we offer allergy testing and management to help your pet get the relief they deserve!

Signs Your Pet May Have an Allergy

Allergies frequently develop as skin conditions. If your pet exhibits these signs, it could be an allergy:

  • Excessive itching
  • Red, irritated skin
  • Hot spots
  • Hair loss
  • Chewing at fur or skin
  • Licking paws
  • Open sores

What Is My Pet Allergic to?

Pets can be allergic to many of the same things we are. Some of the most common allergens include:

  • Pollens from flowers, trees, and grasses
  • Mold and mold spores
  • Dust and dust mites
  • Dander
  • Fleas (flea allergy dermatitis)
  • Certain materials (plastics, rubber, fabrics)
  • Medications
  • Food allergies

Diagnosing Your Pet's Skin Condition

Allergies aren’t the only things that cause skin conditions. We’ll perform several diagnostic tests to ensure that your pet is not suffering from an internal condition or infection. Once we decide it is allergies, we’ll try to determine the cause of your pet’s allergies, by taking a blood sample for Heska testing, which reveals contact allergens, inhalant allergens, and food allergies. Once we identify your pet’s allergen, we’ll develop a treatment plan for them which may include one or more of the following:

  • Immunotherapy for allergy desensitization
  • Cytopoint, an injectable that controls the itch at its source for 4-8 weeks
  • Apoquel, a daily oral tablet that relieves the itch for dogs
  • Atopica, a daily tablet for dogs and oral solution for cats that relieves the itch
  • Antihistamines
  • Antibiotics to treat secondary bacterial infections
  • Antifungals to treat secondary fungal infections
  • Medicated shampoos to gently remove allergens from the coat and skin
  • Topical creams to soothe itchy skin
  • Food elimination trial for pets with food allergies

If you think pet allergies are the cause of your pet’s scratching, please contact us today to schedule an appointment! We’ll get them the relief they need!

Pet Allergies in Schertz: Kitten Snuggling on Veterinarian's Shoulder

If you think pet allergies are the cause of your pet’s scratching, please contact us today to schedule an appointment! We’ll get them the relief they need!

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