Treating Cat & Dog Allergies in West Hartford, Windsor and Kensington, CT
Does your pet have red, irritated skin that they scratch at more than usual? It could be allergies! Cats and dogs can develop allergies to many of the same things we do, yet their symptoms are different. Itchy skin is very common in cat and dog allergies, and while it is uncomfortable on its own, the excessive scratching can cause even more problems if your pet damages their skin barrier. At Connecticut Veterinary Center in West Hartford, Windsor and Kensington, we can help relieve your pet’s itchy skin so they can feel good in their own skin again!
Get your pet relief from their allergy symptoms!
How Can I Tell if My Pet Has Allergies?
Itchy skin isn’t always allergies—it could be mites, fleas, or an underlying illness. That’s why it’s important to see your veterinarian if you notice any of the following:
- Scratching at their skin more than usual
- Licking and biting at their belly, legs, and paws
- Hair loss (alopecia)
- Frequent ear infections
- An odor coming from the skin
Your pet can be allergic to many of the same things you are. Here are some of the most common allergens:
- Pollen (grass, tree, or flower)
- Dust and dust mites
- Flea bites
- Certain fabrics (usually synthetic)
- Cleaning product ingredients
If your pet exhibits vomiting or diarrhea after eating, it could be a food sensitivity. True food allergies are rare in pets, but sensitivities are common, especially in dogs. They can often be sensitive to proteins like beef, poultry, pork, eggs, or dairy. Even though it’s not a true allergy, we still treat food sensitivities very seriously and will work on finding the true cause of their reaction and then removing that ingredient from their diet.
Diagnosing and Treating Allergies in Dogs and Cats
To confirm your pet has allergies and not a more serious underlying illness, we’ll first run blood work and skin tests. If these come back negative, we can then begin to treat your pet for allergies. Since every pet is unique, it maybe take a few trials to determine which treatment option works best for them.
Some of our treatment options include:
- Cytopoint (an injection for dogs that controls the itch for 4-8 weeks)
- Apoquel (a daily pill for dogs)
- Anti-inflammatory supplements (i.e. fish oils)
- Topical creams
- Medicated shampoos
- Elimination diet for suspected food sensitivities
We’ll work closely with you throughout each treatment to monitor your pet’s progress and ensure they are experiencing the relief they deserve.