Providing Treatment for Cat and Dog Allergies in Henderson, NV

Allergies and skin disorders aren’t just a people problem. They can also affect dogs, cats, and other species, though dogs tend to be the most common allergy sufferers. At Sunridge Animal Hospital, our veterinarians can perform workups and do other testing as needed to better understand your pet’s condition and determine whether it is due to an allergy, infection, or something else. Likewise, we can offer the appropriate treatment options to get their symptoms under control and provide lasting relief.

If you have an itchy, unhappy pet, contact our vet team in Henderson at (702) 896-1716 today!

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Common Symptoms of Cat and Dog Allergies

The tricky thing about allergies in pets is that they typically manifest as skin disorders, which cause serious itching (pruritus). A variety of things can cause an allergic reaction in your dog or cat, such as pollen, grass, mold, dust, dust mites, food proteins, and even certain fabrics.

This can result in:

  • Continuous, sometimes frenzied scratching, licking, and chewing of the skin
  • Areas of skin that appear red and inflamed
  • Hair loss, often found under the front and rear legs, near the tail, and between the toes
  • Scaly, flaky patches of skin
  • Odor
  • Swollen ears

Additional symptoms may include:

  • Discharge from the eyes and nose
  • Ear infections
  • Sneezing

Diagnosing Allergies in Dogs and Cats

Allergy symptoms alone are not enough for us to diagnose the precise cause of allergies in your pet. To start, we need to examine your pet from head to tail and talk to you about any things you have observed at home. We may also want to know about your pet’s environment and lifestyle, which could give us helpful clues about allergen exposure.

Furthermore, it is likely that your veterinarian may want to run some diagnostic tests, including blood work and cytology, to get more information.

Tailored Treatment for Every Pet

Along with diagnostics, our animal hospital offers a variety of treatment options for itchy skin, inflammation, bacterial infections, fungal infections (such as ringworm), and other issues related to an allergy or skin disorder. Every pet experiences allergies a little bit differently and responds to treatment differently, too. Our goal is to find the right treatment or combination of treatments to effectively reduce your pet’s symptoms, treat any secondary infections, and give their damaged skin barrier the time it needs to heal.

Be sure to contact us at (702) 896-1716 if your pet is showing any of the signs listed above. The sooner their condition is diagnosed and treated, the better your pet will feel.