Managing Allergies with Pet Dermatology
Pet allergies are quite common in Fayetteville and the surrounding area. Allergies often manifest as skin conditions in our pets, instead of respiratory issues like us. Therefore, pets require treatment for their skin condition as well as reducing the frequency and severity of their allergic reactions. At Best Friends Animal Hospital, we have the diagnostic tools, lab connections, and effective treatments to identify your pet’s allergy and give them relief.
Common Types of Pet Allergies
We’re familiar with environmental allergies due to their prevalence in our area. However, we also have experience treating food allergies.
Your pet could experience a reaction from a variety of allergens, including:
- Trees and grasses
- Mold spores
- Dust and dust mites
- Certain materials (i.e. plastics, rubber, etc.)
- Food ingredients (i.e. beef, pork, eggs, etc.)
To determine the exact allergen affecting your pet, we’ll perform skin tests in our lab to first rule out any skin condition. Next, we’ll send a blood sample to our partner lab who can run a complex allergy test to identify your pet’s allergen. Keep in mind that food allergies are not discernable from the blood test. They require an elimination diet where we strip out all possible allergens and then add them back in one by one to see which triggers a reaction. Our vets will, of course, walk you through this process!
Treating and Managing Allergies
Pet dermatology helps both treat and manage allergy symptoms. We offer a number of treatment options, so we can find the right product or combination of products that suits your pet and you. Some of our treatments include:
- Apoquel (anti-itch tablet)
- Cytopoint (anti-itch injection)
- Medicated baths
- Topical treatments
Treatments often do not only treat the allergic skin condition, but they also treat secondary infections. A combination of topical applications and allergy medications are very useful in these situations.
If you think your pet has allergies, schedule an appointment with one of our knowledgeable veterinarians.