Keeping Pet Allergies Under Control

Most people experience some type of allergy in their lifetime, and pets can, too! If your pet is chronically itchy and seems to be scratching themselves all the time, they could very well be allergic to something. But what? At Companion Animal Hospital Mount Prospect, we provide dermatology care to a large number of pets with allergies on a yearly basis. As much of a hassle as pet allergies can be, they can also be managed very well with the right treatment. While there is no permanent cure, timely, persistent care can control even the most severe symptoms and allow your pet to live a comfortable life.

Pet Allergies in Mount Prospect: Cat Sneezing

What Makes Pets Allergic?

Knowing the type of allergy that is plaguing your pet is an important step on the road to successful treatment. Common allergens include:

Common pet allergens include:

  • Fleas/flea bites, which can trigger flea allergy dermatitis
  • Food ingredients like chicken, beef, fish, wheat, and dairy
  • Dander (pets can, in fact, develop an allergy to human dander)
  • Grass and pollen
  • Molds
  • Dust mites
  • Fertilizers and cleaning products

Symptoms to Watch Out For

Itching alone may not necessarily indicate an allergy. Other symptoms to keep an eye out for are:

  • Sneezing
  • Runny eyes and nose
  • Red, raw-looking skin
  • Red, itchy ears
  • Ear infections
  • Vomiting and diarrhea
  • Coughing and wheezing
  • Hives or bumps on the skin
  • Bald patches in the fur or between the toes
Pet Allergies in Mount Prospect: Boy Kisses Puppy

Diagnosis and Treatment

If your pet is showing any of the above symptoms, take action—waiting will only allow the problem to get worse. Your pet will need to be carefully examined and undergo testing for us to find just what, exactly, is causing their allergic reaction. We offer in-house blood testing, as well as allergy testing and skin scraping. Our treatment options include:

  • Hypoallergenic food
  • Oral and topical medication
  • Injectable anti-itch medication
  • Medicated shampoo and conditioner
  • Immunotherapy

Nip Your Pet’s Allergies in the Bud

There is no time like the present for treating your pet’s allergies. If they’re itchy and miserable, know that we can help you find a treatment that gives them the relief they deserve. Give us a call today at (847) 296-1188!

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