Managing Allergies in Pets

When something goes bump in the night, you’re not alarmed—it’s just the sound of your dog’s foot hitting the floor while they have their nightly scratch. Our team in Springfield is familiar with this story, as many pets experience allergies and skin problems that result in excessive scratching, licking, and chewing. Rest assured, you and your pet are not alone in your struggles. More important, we can help you manage their condition and relieve their itching so you can both enjoy restful nights once more.

Pet Allergies and Treatments in Springfield: Gray Cat

What Makes Pets Allergic?

The most common types of pet allergies include food allergies, seasonal allergies, and flea allergy dermatitis. If your pet has seasonal allergies, you may notice them sneezing, scratching, and chewing at their feet excessively in the spring or early fall. Other things that can trigger allergies in your pet include:

  • Mold spores
  • Dust mites
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Fertilizers and other types of lawn treatment
  • Certain types of fabric

When your pet scratches and licks at itchy spots, they’re gradually weakening their skin barrier. When this barrier is damaged, it leaves these areas vulnerable to bacterial infection. If we can reduce your pet's itching, we can give their skin barrier a chance to heal.

Other Skin Problems

Pet allergies are common, but they are not the only culprit. Other skin conditions we see in pets are:

  • Ringworm (a fungal infection)
  • Mange
  • Warts/skin tags
  • Dandruff
  • Seborrhea (causes flaky skin and greasiness of the fur)
  • Yeast infections

Diagnosing Your Pet's Condition

To properly diagnose your pet’s skin problem so we can treat it effectively, we can use a variety of testing methods, such as:

  • Skin scraping
  • Cytology
  • Tape press
  • Ear cytology
  • Skin biopsy
  • Allergy testing
  • Food allergy testing
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Our Treatment Options

Allergies and skin conditions can be stubborn. Treatment takes time and patience, but it is achievable. At Myers Animal Clinic, these are just some of the options we offer to help our patients:

  • Prescription (hypoallergenic) diets
  • Topical ointments
  • Topical sprays
  • Hypoallergenic shampoos and conditioners
  • Apoquel (oral anti-itch medication)
  • Electrocautery (skin tag removal)
  • Cryotherapy (removing warts and skin tags by freezing them)

Is your pet currently struggling with an allergy or skin problem? Call (217) 525-9556 so we can help you and make your pet comfortable again.

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