Does your pet have allergies?
Your pet's itchy skin is more than just a minor annoyance. Red, oozing bald patches, rashes, and hair loss indicate real discomfort. Because sarcoptic mange, demodex mites, food or inhalant allergies may be the culprit, contact us immediately for a thorough exam and diagnosis.
Allergies in Dogs
Just as people suffer from hay fever in the spring and fall, pets can get inhalant allergies, called atopy. Atopy is a common disease, affecting 10% to 15% of dogs. The age of onset varies form 6 months to 12 years, with 70% of affected dogs showing clinical signs between 1 and 3 years. Atopy signs are usually seasonal in the beginning, but 80% of dogs eventually experience year-round symptoms. Atopy is associated with irritation in certain body parts of dogs, including the flank, feet, base of the tail, and facial areas around the eyes, mouth, and ears.
Allergies in Cats
In cats, the allergic pattern may be facial hair loss, or a rash of tiny seed-like scabs called miliary dermatitis. Food allergies often cause itchiness on the feet, belly, and face. Atopy accounts for 15% of cases of allergic dermatitis in cats. The onset of atopy in cats in early, usually 6 months to 2 years of age, although it can range from 6 months to 14 years.
To isolate the cause of your pet's allergies, we will perform a thorough exam and recommend diagnostic tests such as skin scrapings, blood tests, and food allergy trials. If the problem is severe, we also may consult a veterinary dermatologist.