Itchy pets and Allergies 101

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by Amanda,
Family Pet Veterinary Center South Has your pet been scratching or licking more than usual? Have they had infections that keep coming back, even after treatment?

If so, your pet may have allergies! Allergies have a variety of causes, and identifying can be tricky since they may have more than one type. General symptoms may include increased scratching, paw chewing, swollen pads, runny eyes, rashes, skin redness, hair loss, and recurring skin or ear infections. In fact, 9 of every 10 ear infections is caused by a type of allergy! Often times allergies can be a little difficult to pinpoint the exact cause. Your pet may in fact have more than one type (seasonal, environmental, food, flea, etc). An accurate history and thorough physical exam are essential to diagnosing and treating your pet’s allergy. They can also shine light on secondary infections that complicate treatment. The treatment options for allergies are as diverse as their causes. Your veterinarian will work with you to select the appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic plan for their particular allergy. So if you have an itchy pet at home, please make an appointment with your veterinarian today! Don’t forget to ask about Apoquel, a new and effective alternative to steroid therapy!