Allergies & Dermatology
Those who suffer from seasonal allergies can attest that central Texas is a hot spot for pollen and, just as this condition can affect people, animals can also fall victim to the pervasive symptoms that accompany an allergic reaction.
Your veterinarian can work with you to diagnose and alleviate the allergic reaction, or other dermatological condition, and provide your pet with relief. We want to help your pet from feeling irritated and uncomfortable. Furthermore, what begins as a seemingly slight allergy can easily morph into a more serious condition. Diagnosis and treatment are key for keeping your pet healthy and safe.
If your pet exhibits any of the following signs, be aware, they might have allergies:
- Excessive licking or biting of the skin (often the paws)
- Visibly flaky, scabby, or red skin
- Excessive shedding
- Hot spots
- Itchy or runny eyes
- Snoring, due to an inflamed throat
In some cases, our staff may be able to surmise from physical symptoms that the ailment is certainly an allergy. In other cases, we may have to run a few tests to rule out any other potential causes. With the help of our in-house lab, we may analyze blood samples, skin scrapings, or more to make a confident diagnosis
Once the allergic reaction is identified, the next step is pinpointing the environmental cause. This can be anything from pollen to an ingredient in pet food. In the beginning stages of diagnosis, we ask that you pay close attention to when and where your pet reacts. Is is always at a certain time of day? Is it more often inside or outside?
Here is a list of some common allergens, to provide some potential insight into the root cause:
- Parasites, such as fleas
- Fragrance such as candles, essential oils, or incense
- Household cleaning supplies
- Wheat (ingested from their food)
- Protein sources (ingested from their food)
- Cigarette smoke
Our goal is to increase the quality of life for your pet and to help them feel their best again– without the itching, stinging, burning, oozing, or general malaise associated with allergies and other dermatological conditions. Once we identify the root cause, we will work with you to devise a plan of action. This may involve avoidance of an allergen, or treatments such as oral medicine or topical creams.
Other dermatological conditions which we can assist with, in addition to allergies, include infections, parasites, autoimmune diseases, hormonal disorders, tumors, and skin cancer.