We Treat Pet Allergies and Skin Diseases

Is your pet scratching themselves day in and day out? Pets are not immune to the effects of allergens, which can cause itching, inflammation, hot spots, and other problems. Without treatment, these problems can escalate and keep your pet trapped in a cycle of discomfort and persistent skin infections. At Elkhorn Veterinary Clinic, we can effectively treat pet allergies and related skin disorders to give pets long-lasting relief.

What Makes Pets Allergic?

There are many environmental and food allergens that can cause allergies in pets. Finding the culprit is key to treating them successfully.

The most common allergens for pets include:

  • Dust
  • Pollen
  • Dander
  • Mold
  • Ragweed
  • Fleas
  • Food ingredients such as chicken, eggs, beef, pork, lamb, and wheat
  • Lawn fertilizers
  • Fabric
  • Cleaning solutions

If you think your pet has an allergy, contact us right away so we can provide effective treatment.

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Does Your Pet Have an Allergy?

If your pet is constantly scratching and licking at their skin, they could be damaging their protective skin barrier. This can leave them with open sores that are vulnerable to bacterial infections, which could make their condition much worse.

Other signs of an allergy may include:

  • Runny eyes and nose
  • Bald areas between the toes and on other parts of the body
  • An unpleasant odor coming from the skin and/or ears
  • Dandruff
  • Rough, scaly patches of skin
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea

Creating a Treatment Plan

To accurately diagnose your pet’s condition, we need to:

  • Evaluate your pet’s health history
  • Perform a physical exam
  • Conduct a microscopic evaluation of the skin (if needed)
  • Run blood and skin tests
  • Run diet trials (if a food allergy is possible)

With the right diagnosis, we can decide on the right treatment. Options may include:

  • Anti-itch medications
  • Steroids
  • Cyclosporine
  • Immunotherapy (allergy shots)
  • A strict hypoallergenic diet

Start Your Pet's Allergy Treatment Today

Pet allergies can be stubborn to treat. Therefore, you should request an exam if you see any signs of prolonged scratching, sneezing, or runny eyes and nose. If you have any concerns or questions about your pet, please call us at (262) 723-2644.

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