Pet Dermatology: Combating Skin and Allergy Problems
The itching and scratching we experience from contact with allergens can be unbearable. Imagine how it must feel for your pet! A large number of dogs and cats can develop skin conditions in their lifetime, and many of these conditions may be allergy-related. Whereas humans have the option of applying aloe or some other soothing cream to calm their itching, our pets are not so fortunate. Constant, continual scratching is one of the few ways your pet can respond to the itching. Combined with constant licking, this can lead to a damaged skin barrier, an infection, and a more severe itch. The Companion Animal Hospital of Skokie team is glad to provide much-needed relief to animals with effective, up-to-date pet dermatology services. No pet should have to suffer in silence due to an allergy or some other condition, as their continued discomfort can lead to other problems.
With the appropriate diagnosis and treatment, we can help you manage your pet's allergy symptoms and improve their quality of life. Allergies cannot be cured, but with routine treatment and monitoring, your pet can live comfortably.
Dermatology Services We Offer
To diagnose your pet's condition, we may use one or more of the following tools:
- Allergy serum testing
- Skin scraping
- Skin cytology
- In-house blood testing
- Elimination diet
Treatments we can offer include:
- A hypoallergenic diet
- Medicated shampoos
- Topicals such as sprays, ointments or salves
- Oral medication
- Injectable medication
Common Pet Allergies
We often see cases of allergic dermatitis, flea dermatitis, ringworm and food allergies. Diagnosing a food allergy requires changing your pet's diet for several months to see if their original diet is responsible for their condition. Flea bites can trigger flea dermatitis, which is very common in cats and dogs. Allergic dermatitis can occur when your pet comes into contact with certain allergens such as pollen, dust mites, certain molds, or even grass.
Along with itchy skin, other allergy symptoms can include sneezing, ocular and nasal discharge and red, inflamed ears. Keep an eye out for telltale signs such as dandruff in your pet's coat, raw, red skin, hairless patches, scabs, and flea dirt.
We Can Find A Solution
Treating your pet's allergies and helping them heal will take time, but every problem has a solution. Your veterinarian will want to see your pet for follow-up visits to monitor their progress, and may suggest additional treatments as needed. Remember, you're not alone--we're here to help and offer our support whenever you need it. If your pet has been showing signs of an allergy or skin condition, please call us right away at (847) 966-3080 so we can help.