Managing Cat and Dog Allergies and Skin Disorders in Westfield, IN
Dogs and cats are not immune to the effects of allergens. Many experience allergic reactions regularly, which can be brought on by seasonal changes, fleas, certain fabrics, and even ingredients in their diet. At Coyne Veterinary Center in Westfield, our veterinarians know how to help resolve cat and dog allergies and allergy-related issues. We frequently see pets for itchiness, skin disorders, and even bacterial infections. Because allergies can spawn a variety of secondary issues, it’s important to seek treatment for your pet’s condition sooner rather than later.
What Kind of Skin Conditions Can You Treat?
A fur coat can hide a variety of skin problems. Be they due to allergies, parasites, or some other issue, we regularly diagnose and treat:
- Atopic dermatitis
- Demodectic and sarcoptic mange
- Flea allergy dermatitis
- Hot spots
- Lick granulomas
- Ear mites
- …and more
Symptoms of Pet Allergies and Skin Conditions
Dogs and cats respond to itchiness in much the same way--with scratching, licking and chewing--and this can result in:
- Skin that is red, raw, and inflamed
- Hair loss
- Raised bumps on the skin
- Lesions and scabs
- Scaly patches
- Noticeable odor
Additional signs include discharge from the ears and/or eyes and nose, and possibly vomiting.
How We Can Treat Dogs and Cats for Allergies and/or Skin Problems
Getting your pet’s condition under control might require multiple steps, since allergies can sometimes be misconstrued for something else. We take full advantage of the testing tools and protocols we have on hand to ensure a proper diagnosis for your pet.
Our diagnostic and treatment options include:
- Skin biopsy
- Allergy testing
- Cytology (studying the skin cells)
- Skin scraping
- Fungal culture
- Food elimination trials (for suspected food allergies)
- Cytopoint - an injectable antibody therapy for dogs
- Apoquel - an oral anti-itch medication for dogs
- Antibiotics - for treating any secondary infections
- Topical sprays, ointments, and/or shampoos to relieve itching