Have you been noticing your pet itching and scratching more and more? Is their skin getting red and bumpy? You and your pet are not alone!
Unfortunately there is no quick answer to this, but things that could be factors are allergies or fleas. Call us and we can get you set up with an exam with either of the Doctors to find out exactly what is going on with your pet. First thing to eliminate, is if your pet has fleas or is having a reaction to flea bites. Check your pet over from head to toe for small blackish/brown bugs (that are very fast moving and hard to catch!) If you don’t see fleas but see areas with black dirt..you are seeing what is called flea dirt and unfortunately your pet has fleas. The most common areas they hang out is the base of the tail, up around ears, and the neck.
Don’t panic! We can get you through the process of getting rid of them. We will get your pet started on flea medication, either a topical or an oral. There is an option for an injection for cats as well. Activyl, Bravecto, and Effipro are just a few of the great options. We will also walk you through how to get the household rid of fleas and their eggs. We have a spray for the house, as well as some bombs. We know it is all pretty overwhelming, so let us know if you have any questions or concerns.
Now lets get into the allergy portion. If your pet is struggling with allergy issues, here are some of the signs you may be seeing:
- itchy, red, or scabbed skin (image below of inside of dogs flank)
- increased scratching
- itchy, runny eyes
- snoring caused by an inflamed throat
- paw chewing/swollen paws
- constant licking
If you are wondering what it is that your pet could be allergic to, here are some of the top reasons we see pets with allergies:
- Mold spores
- trees, grass, and weed pollens
- Dust and house dust mites
- Cigarette smoke
- Food ingredients (e.g. beef, chicken, pork, corn, wheat or soy)
- Prescription drugs
- Cleaning products
- Insecticidal shampoo
- Rubber and plastic materials
We have plenty of options to help solve your pets allergy issues. Antibiotics & medications, as well as prescription food for any food allergies.
The newest development for allergies, is a new injection called Cytopoint. We have had really good luck with patients who have had chronic allergy issues. Here is a link to their website to learn more. http://www.cytopoint4dogs.com
Hope everyone has a great week!