At Southshore Animal Hospital, skin issues and allergic reactions are one of the more common conditions that we see on a regular basis. Dogs and cats suffer from allergies and can be just as miserable as their owners. Instead of typical human reactions, however, companion pets are more likely to display allergic reactions through itching, scratching, biting, licking, hair loss, scabs, or dandruff.
Classic triggers of allergy symptoms include food, flea saliva, dust, mites, plant and grass pollens, molds and fungi. Once your pet’s allergies are activated, inflammation and irritation of the skin, and possibly the development of a secondary skin infection makes the irritation even worse. To understand what is causing an allergic reaction in your pet, our doctors will perform allergy tests similar to those used for humans to determine the cause of the allergies. They will then consult with you to develop a treatment protocol for your pet.
Veterinary medicine has taken great strides in alleviating the discomfort of skin ailments through medicated shampoos, topical solutions, and prescription oral medications. There are also new oral allergy medications for dogs that are extremely safe and effective for both short and long-term use.
Our veterinarians offer treatment to pets in Metairie, Jefferson, Kenner, and New Orleans, Louisiana who are suffering from allergic conditions. If you feel your pet may be itching as a result of allergies, schedule an appointment for an evaluation today.