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Posted on 02-07-2018
At Quail Hollow Veterinary Hospital, our Charlotte vet offers pet skin allergy treatment as one of our many services to improve your pet's health and wellness. Many pet owners don't realize just how common dog and cat allergies can be, especially when it comes to skin allergies. By being aware of some of the most common signs of dog and cat skin allergies, pet owners can make educated decisions about their pet's health and quality of life.
There are many potential symptoms of cat and dog allergies that all pet owners should be on the lookout for. One of the most common signs is that of excessive grooming or over-grooming, especially in certain areas of the body (such as the tail, legs, or belly). Sometimes, pets suffering from an irritating skin allergy will try to self-soothe through grooming, though this often worsens the problem by causing additional irritation. Some pets may even over-groom to the point of creating "bald spots," which can pose its own problems (such as the risk of infection).
Excessive scratching of the ears is another common sign of a skin allergy in both cats and dogs. While dry skin, ear mites, or other causes can also be the culprit of this behavior, it's important to consider allergies as a potential cause when these other issues have been ruled out by a vet.
If your pet is showing any signs of skin allergies, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with our animal clinic sooner rather than later! Our veterinary team will take the time to assess your pet's symptoms, as well as his or her overall health to get to the bottom of skin allergy causes. Sometimes, skin allergies in pets can be caused by a certain ingredient in a pet's food. Other times, a laundry detergent or other household cleaner could be to blame.
We'll work with you to narrow down the potential causes of your pet's allergic reactions until we can determine the root cause. From there, we can recommend treatment and management options. Often times, simply removing the allergen from the home (when possible) is the best course of action, but there are situations where this may not be possible (such as when a pet has an environmental allergy).
Ready to request your pet's appointment with our pet hospital? If so, then give Quail Hollow Veterinary Hospital a call today at (704) 278-8000. We'd be happy to answer any questions you may have about dog and cat allergies, too!
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