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Pets with Allergies: Itching and Licking
Pets can have allergies just like humans, it may require testing and some detective work but your vet can help your pet feel better.

Pets can have allergies just like humans, Dr. Whitworth can find the underlying issues and help your pet feel better.

Humans sneeze and sniffle; pets itch and lick. Although the symptoms are different, the cause is allergies, and it can make both pets and their humans feel miserable. Pollens, dust mites, fleas, and foods can all trigger allergies, and your pet’s veterinarian can help you identify the cause and the treatment to help your pet feel more comfortable. Pet allergies tend to affect the skin, so when your pet is itching, chewing on his or her feet, or showing signs of hair loss, it’s important to make an appointment with your pet’s veterinarian at Whitworth Animal Clinic right away.

Allergy Triggers

Pet allergies – also referred to as atopy – can be genetically inherited, and particular breeds of dogs tend to be susceptible to developing allergy symptoms. Breeds such as West Highland White Terriers, English Bulldogs and Golden Retrievers are often affected by seasonal allergies with symptoms including itchy ears, irritated feet and hair loss. Chronic allergies can lead to ear infections, and itchy skin can develop yeast or bacterial infections leading to serious dermatologic issues that can require more extensive treatment.

Allergy Diagnosis

Although identifying the specific allergens can require some detective work, your pet’s veterinarian will start by examining your pet, identifying key symptoms and ruling out other potential causes. A potential diagnosis can be confirmed with blood or skin testing for allergies which may require a referral to a board-certified veterinary dermatologist for treatment. However, in many cases, pet allergies can be treated by your pet’s primary veterinarian, especially if your pet’s symptoms are mild.

Allergy Treatment

Allergy treatment is typically necessary for the rest of your pet’s life, and it can include avoiding the allergens, medicated shampoos, antihistamines, corticosteroids, essential fatty acids or antibiotics. Dietary changes and regular flea treatments may also be recommended for your pet’s ongoing comfort and care. The treatment is different for every pet based on the severity of the symptoms, the response to treatment and the type of allergen to which your pet is sensitive. Just like with people, treatment of pet allergies can be very successful, and your pet can enjoy a normal life with your assistance and care.

Whitworth Animal Clinic

Whitworth Animal Clinic is located in Madison, Alabama, and we are accepting new veterinary patients for allergy treatment and other types of primary and preventative veterinary care. We are located in northern Alabama, and we serve the communities of Madison, Huntsville and Decatur. Please contact us today with your questions about our veterinary services or to schedule an appointment for your dog or cat.