Relieving Cat and Dog Allergies in South Loop, Chicago, IL
Is your pet scratching at themselves night and day? Do they have a runny nose and weepy eyes? It could be allergies, but the only way to be sure is for us to examine your pet. At Partners Animal Hospital South Loop, we see allergies in dogs and cats all the time. This common condition can nonetheless be a headache for you and your pet to handle. Left untreated, allergies can spiral out of control and lead to secondary infections and other issues, which may require a more extensive treatment plan. Catching hints of an allergy in your pet can save them (and you) lots of discomfort and stress!
Telltale Signs of
Allergies in Pets
Dogs, and occasionally cats, will exhibit clinical signs of an allergy or related skin condition. These signs may include:
- Scratching, chewing, and licking at the skin
- Chewing and licking of paws
- Raw, red patches of skin
- Runny eyes and nose
- Bald spots on different areas of the body including the backs of the legs and between the toes
- Rubbing at ears and face
- Unpleasant odor coming from ears/skin
What Causes Allergies in Dogs and Cats?
Similar to humans, our pets can develop allergic reactions if they come into contact with certain allergens. These allergens include:
- Pet or human dander
- Dust and dust mites
- Pollen, grass, and mold spores
- Dyes and other chemicals
- Synthetic materials
- Beef, chicken, eggs, and corn
How Can We Help Your Pet?
Partners Animal Hospital South Loop can utilize a variety of diagnostics and medications to help you manage your pet’s allergies, and any secondary infections, as well. A lot of pets can end up with secondary infections when they lick and scratch at the same areas constantly, breaking down the protective skin barrier.
Treating allergies in dogs and cats typically requires these steps:
- Diagnosing your pet’s condition as accurately as possible with an exam, blood testing, and skin cytology if needed
- Finding the allergen(s) responsible for the allergy and coming up with a plan to limit your pet’s exposure
- Relieving your pet’s itching to stop them from scratching at their skin
- Prescribing an antibiotic if needed to treat bacterial infection
- Maintaining your pet’s improved condition with oral medication, topicals, medicated shampoo, and/or a hypoallergenic diet