One of the more common reasons people bring their pets to Animal Care of Ponte Vedra is for skin conditions, often caused by allergies. Think your pet has allergies or is having an allergic reaction? Itching, scratching and hot spots are all signs of allergies and skin conditions. Pet allergies are very common and treatable, but if left untreated they can fester and become serious health concerns.
Dogs and cats typically experience three different types of allergies:
Flea allergy: The bite of a flea on your dog or cat causes an intense allergic reaction resulting in itchy skin.
Food allergy: Something in the diet of your dog or cat triggers a reaction such as itchy skin, diarrhea, or other gastrointestinal problems.
Skin allergy: An allergen or outside substance that is inhaled or comes into contact with the skin cause extremely itchy skin that can lead to skin infections or other skin injuries from excessive scratching. Skin allergies are known
Itchy, red skin
Noticeable increase in scratching
Constant chewing or licking of paws
Although some environmental allergens may be specific to certain regions of central Florida, common pet irritants include:
Household materials and fabrics
Once the allergens have been identified we can develop a program to eliminate the source of the allergy in your pet’s environment.
Other options for itch relief include:
Antihistamines combined with essential fatty acids
Topical steroid sprays
Oral or injectable immunotherapy
Option for a referral to a board certified veterinary dermatologist for evaluation
We will explain your pet’s condition, how to prevent future allergy occurrences and the proper method of home treatment for pet allergies.