Have you ever noticed your dog scratching its ears? Perhaps letting out a moan that you think may be of pleasure with the scratching but its discomfort. Or maybe their fur coat has become thinner recently? Or you having to yell at your dog to not lick its paws constantly. Even worse when both of your sleeps are constantly disturbed due to your pets' discomfort from these things.
You may have an allergy dog on your hands. And yes, it is more uncomfortable for them than our human seasonal allergies of sneezing and runny noses.
What is an allergy?
An allergy is a state of hypersensitivity or over-reactivity of the immune system to an allergen. Most allergens are proteins from insects, animals, plants, or foods. Exposure to these allergens repetitively sensitizes the immune system, and subsequent exposure to the same or related allergen causes an over-reaction. This is why allergies can worsen each year if not properly controlled.
The good news, we can help.
You can try trial and error on your own – which is costly (spending money testing out different things that may just prolong their issues), or turn your time together into one of ease, living life together as originally planned – in happy companionship.
Treatment depends on the type of allergy, the length of the allergy season, and the severity of the reaction. We can develop a plan specific to your pet's needs.
Injectable therapy - this includes medications such as Cytopoint (once monthly injection for itch control) or pet specific immunotherapy designed to reduce allergic responses over time (prescribed through a veterinary dermatologist).
Oral medications - this includes newer medications such as Apoquel, as well as old standards such as antihistamines and corticosteroids, which work to reduce itching and skin inflammation.
Topical therapy - this includes shampoos, mousses, sprays, and wipes. Some contain anti-inflammatory ingredients while others may contain antimicrobial ingredients against bacteria and yeast. We can ensure the shampoo therapy is the right one for your pet.
Nutritional therapy - certain veterinary diets are formulated to reduce itching, soothe inflammation, and strengthen the skin barrier, helping allergic pets live more comfortable lives. There are also veterinary diets available to manage food allergies.