Treating Cat & Dog Allergies with Dermatology
Cat and dog allergies, infections, and bug bites—all of these things can have an adverse effect on your pet’s skin, though you may not know it until they start scratching. Like us, our pets can be prone to allergies, but unlike us, their symptoms often manifest as skin conditions, and not as sneezing and watery eyes (though these may occur, also). Allergies are quite common in pets, and while there is no cure, they can still be managed quite well with consistent, proper treatment. At Town & Country Animal Hospital in Fairfax, there are a variety of ways we can treat your pet’s dermatological disorder, which are listed below.
Our Pet Dermatology Services
Because so many skin disorders are associated with allergies, we offer treatment options that concentrate not only on soothing itchiness of the skin (also known as pruritus), but managing allergic reactions. These include:
- Allergy testing
- Allergy injections
- Food trials (if we suspect their diet is the culprit)
- Skin scraping
- Medicated shampoos
- Specialized drug therapies
- Ointments, sprays, or drops
Common Skin Conditions in Pets
No two skin conditions are exactly alike—that red spot on your pet’s leg could be one of several different things. Common skin conditions we treat in pets include:
- Atopic dermatitis
- Lick granulomas
- Hot spots
- Demodectic mange
- Sarcoptic mange
- Flea allergy dermatitis
- Ear mites
We Offer Personalized Treatment Plans
Determining the cause of your pet’s dermatological issue begins with a physical exam. We’ll also ask you about your pet’s life at home—characteristics of their environment, their diet, socialization with other cats/dogs, and their overall behavior. Diagnostic testing may also be required to help us rule out possible causes. Once we’ve been able to isolate the factor(s) responsible, we can proceed in putting together a treatment plan. This might include a diet change, topical spray, injections, or medicated baths.
Treating a skin condition, especially if it happens to be ringworm or mange, takes patience and consistency. Food trials require that your pet eat only the food they’re prescribed, and absolutely nothing else. This can take great discipline on both your part and your pet’s, but we’ll be with you every step of the way to offer our support and answer any questions you have.