Diagnosing and treating allergies in dogs and cats is part of Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital’s
commitment to make your pet as happy and healthy as possible. Commonly, many of these treatable,
life-long diseases show up as skin and ear problems. Seasonal and environmental allergies may be
reactions to trees, pollen, or grass.
Testing to Diagnose Your Pet’s Allergy
We will perform tests to determine the most effective therapy for your pet. The most common is a
blood test that checks for antigen-induced antibodies in your pet’s blood.
This test can identify particular allergens so that we can begin a specific immunotherapy. You
may be able to simply remove the food or allergen causing the reaction from your pet’s
5-20% of dermatitis in dogs and 1-20% in cats is related to food allergies. We may need to
conduct diet trials to determine food allergies. Using special pet foods with one protein source
will help us to verify which food is causing problems.
Getting to the right diagnosis and developing the most effective treatment for your pet may take
some time, but we make every effort to solve allergy issues so that your pet is comfortable and
When Your Cat or Dog Needs Special Skin Care
If your dog has a skin problem, it usually is apparent as hair loss, redness, or itchiness. He
or she may scratch day and night without relief. At Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital, we know that
dermatology problems don’t usually get better on their own. Skin problems and excessive scratching
can make you and your pet both miserable.
Many skin ailments can be related to allergies, while others are caused by environmental
irritants. The most common dermatology reaction we see in pets is scratching.
We will check your pet for any and all of these common symptoms:
- Hot spots, such as an open sore
- Fungal infections, such as ringworm
- Mange and scabies caused by mites
- Hair loss
Some breeds have folds of skin that make them more susceptible to skin maladies. Hormone
imbalances, bacterial infections, and yeast infections can lead to problems that are readily
treatable with medication.
Like allergies, determining the correct cause and course of treatment for your pet’s skin
condition may require several tests. With the right diagnosis and treatment, we know your pet will
be feeling happier, healthier, and far less itchy soon.