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Stopping the Itch with Pet Dermatology

Pet allergies are a common problem in our area and not just in pets that live outdoors. Pets can be allergic to many of the same things that trigger allergic reactions in humans, yet their symptoms are different. Instead of experiencing respiratory problems, pets usually suffer itchy ears, paws, and skin. Many times these reactions can be severe and lead to terrible secondary reactions. For this reason, our doctors strive to stay educated in the most current therapies.

Orange cat scratching itself: Pet Dermatology in Jonesboro

Identifying Pet Allergies

Different allergies have relatively similar symptoms across the board. Your pet may experience varying degrees of skin conditions depending on the severity of their allergy. Common symptoms include:

  • Red, flaky or dry skin
  • Ear infections
  • Excessive scratching
  • Chewing at paws
  • Excessive licking
  • Hair loss

If your pet exhibits any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with us so we can pinpoint the problem. We can perform a range of tests to accurately diagnose your pet's problem and determine the best plan of action to provide relief.

Treating Your Pet’s Allergies

Allergy treatments do not cure allergies but can help to control them. Our veterinarians will develop an allergy management plan with you so that your pet can enjoy a symptom-free life. Please keep in mind that not all pets respond to treatment in the same way, so it can take some time to find a treatment or combination of treatments that works best for them.

Treatments for pet allergies include:

  • Apoquel (oral tablet that provides allergy relief)
  • Cytopoint (injectable antibody therapy for dogs)
  • Allergenic extract injections
  • Antibacterial or antifungal medications
  • Medicated shampoos and topical creams
  • Cortisone treatments
  • Hypoallergenic diets
  • Atopica

Do you think your pet may have allergies? Contact us today to make a pet dermatology appointment and get your pet some relief!

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