Does Your Pet Have Skin Allergies?

Dermatitis in Royal Oak Pets

If your pet constantly scratches, bites or licks one or more spots on his body, he may have a simple flea infestation or he may suffer from an allergy-related skin irritation (or allergy) known as dermatitis. Dermatitis can prove difficult for a veterinarian to diagnose and treat because it can have multiple causes. Let us take a look at some common forms of this itchy problem:

Contact Dermatitis
This allergic reaction occurs when your pet’s skin reacts to a substance that makes contact with his skin. Certain plants, detergents used to wash bedding or foreign substances on food bowls may be to blame. Pesticides and flea bites can also cause contact dermatitis.

Food Sensitivity
Pets can have allergies to certain foods just as humans can, and they may develop these allergies at any stage of life. Finding the allergen within your pet’s food, however, can be tough, because modern pet foods often contain a variety of preservatives, dyes and other non-food agents that might be behind the dermatitis.

Allergic Inhalant Dermatitis
This form of dermatitis, also called atopic dermatitis, is a reaction to something in our Royal Oak air. Environmental pollutants, pollen and mold, perfumes and other airborne irritants can cause allergic inhalant dermatitis. A veterinarian generally diagnoses this condition through a process of elimination by first eliminating other forms of dermatitis.

Royal Oak Veterinary Treatments for Pet Allergies

If your pet seems to have some type of allergy, our Royal Oak veterinarian, Dr. Simon, can get to the heart of the matter. Here at Woodside Animal Hospital we can treat both the short-term effects and the long-term implications of the disorder. We use natural hydrocortisone to help your dog stop scratching and biting, reducing the chances of infection and complications. We can also test your pet for various allergens. Once we isolate the cause of the problem, we can prescribe desensitization treatments and/or dietary and environmental changes in the hopes of restoring your pet’s quality of life.

Has your pet been diagnosed with an allergy? What was your pet allergic to?

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