cat and dog allergies in wooster, oh

Helping Pet Parents Manage Cat and Dog Allergies in Wooster, OH

Pets with allergies often experience severe itchiness, in addition to other symptoms. The scratching they undertake to deal with the itching can damage their skin barrier and expose them to bacterial infections. Therefore, cat and dog allergies should be dealt with sooner than later to prevent these infections and other health problems, which can be long-lasting and aggravating. At Ark Veterinary Hospital in Wooster, OH, we can formulate an easy-to-follow allergy management plan to keep your pet’s symptoms under control.

Call (330) 262-3465 if your pet is scratching themselves frequently. They might have an allergy!

Other Physical Signs of Pet Allergies

Even if you don’t catch your dog or cat scratching themselves in a frenzy, you might still be able to find evidence that they’re itchy and uncomfortable.

This can include:

  • Areas of hair loss--between the toes, under the arms/legs, and on the sides
  • Areas of skin that appear red, raw, and inflamed
  • Eye discharge
  • Scaly, dry skin patches
  • Skin odor
  • Yeast buildup in the ears, which gives off a strong odor
  • Vomiting/diarrhea after meals (could indicate a food allergy)

The environment is filled with irritating allergens that can cause serious problems for your pet:

  • Pollen (ragweed, cottonwood, etc.)
  • Mold spores
  • Dust and dust mites
  • Flea saliva (from flea bites)
  • Grass
  • Meat proteins in your pet’s food
  • Food dyes
  • Household cleaners
  • Synthetic fabrics
  • Fertilizers

There is no instant solution to pet allergies. Giving them an antihistamine will likely not be enough, particularly if their condition is more severe. Furthermore, allergies cannot be eliminated permanently--but they can be reined in and managed effectively with a suitable treatment plan.

To find the best treatment plan, we need to examine your pet and run diagnostics to a) find out whether their condition is in fact an allergy and b) determine what is causing the allergy. Once we have the answers we need to move forward, we can discuss all available treatment options with you.

To safely and effectively control your pet’s allergy symptoms, we offer a variety of potential solutions, including:

  • Oral anti-itch medication
  • Injectable anti-itch medication
  • Topical medication (sprays, ointments, etc.)
  • Antibiotics (for any existing infections)
  • Hypoallergenic food and treats (for pets with food allergies)

To find out what your pet needs to conquer their allergies and live a happy, itch-free life again, call us today at (330) 262-3465.