Learn more about our pet allergy services below.
Pet Allergies in Mint Hill, NC 28227
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.
Symptoms of Cat & Dog Allergies
Allergy symptoms in pets usually affect their skin. If you notice any of the following conditions, it’s a good idea to set up an appointment so we can investigate what’s going on.
Here are some of the more common symptoms:
- Excessive scratching
- Red, damaged skin
- Flaky skin
- Chewing and licking the paws
- Hair loss
- Hot spots
- Frequent ear infections
- Overgrooming (cats)
- Runny nose
- Watery eyes
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.