Relieving Cat & Dog Allergies in Mint Hill, NC
In our mild North Carolina climate, we can suffer from seasonal allergies all year round. Sadly, our pets can also suffer from these same allergies. However, their allergy symptoms are usually different. Instead of sniffling noses, they often have to deal with itchy, irritated skin. Excessive scratching means damaged skin, and damaged skin can lead to infection, creating a miserable loop for our pets! At Mint Hill Animal Hospital, we offer a variety of diagnostics and treatment options for cat and dog allergies to give them the relief that they deserve.
What is My Pet Allergic To?
Cats and dogs can be allergic to many of the same things we are.
Common allergens include:
- Pollens (from trees, flowers, grasses, etc.)
- Flea bites
- Dust and dust mites
- Cleaning products
- Certain materials
- Food ingredients (like beef, pork, chicken, eggs, etc.)
Diagnosing and Treating Cat & Dog Allergies
Many of the symptoms of allergies are also related to other, more serious conditions. We’ll run several diagnostic tests including blood work and skin tests to rule out any other conditions. Once we’re sure the cause is allergies, we can begin treating the symptoms and managing future outbreaks.
Allergy management options can include medications, steroids, antihistamines, medicated shampoos and topicals, as well as treatment for any secondary infections from excessive scratching. For food allergies, we’ll need to put your pet on an elimination diet to determine the ingredient that’s causing their reaction. We work closely with you to find the right treatment or combination of treatments that relieve the itch for your pet and effectively manage their allergies.