Providing Relief for Allergies in Dogs and Cats in Waunakee, WI

At Aurora Veterinary Care, our goal is to provide the best possible care for your pet. Allergies and skin disorders are common in dogs and cats and can lower their quality of life, so we offer a variety of testing and treatment options to help our patients find relief and healing. If your four-legged family member is scratching, licking, and chewing at their skin, they could be experiencing severe itching as a result of an allergy. The sooner we can relieve their itch, the sooner we can help you manage your pet’s allergy symptoms.

Help your itchy pet find relief from their allergies and enjoy a more comfortable life.

Other Signs Your Pet May Have Allergies

Itchy skin (pruritis) is just one sign among many others that can indicate an allergy in your pet. Other signs may include:

  • Red, raw skin
  • Hair loss (due to licking and scratching) around the face, feet, flanks, and armpit regions
  • Dry and/or scaly patches of skin
  • Runny eyes and nose
  • Rubbing at ears and face
  • Red or irritated eyes
  • Unpleasant odor (from infected skin or ears)

What Causes Allergies in Dogs and Cats?

Your pet’s symptoms may be the result of inhaling or coming into contact with a specific allergen. An allergy develops when your pet’s immune system overreacts to the allergen.

There are multiple allergens that could be responsible for your pet’s condition, with some of the most common allergens being:

  • Pet or human dander
  • Pollen, grass, and mold spores
  • Dust and dust mites
  • Fleas (specifically, flea saliva)
  • Synthetic fabrics
  • Dyes and chemicals
  • Food ingredients such as beef, chicken, eggs, dairy, and soy
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How We Can Treat Your Pet’s Condition

If your pet does have an allergy and we are able to figure out the allergen responsible, we can help you develop a treatment plan to reduce your pet’s symptoms as much as possible and limit their exposure to the allergen. We can also provide treatment for any secondary bacterial or fungal infections that may have developed in your pet’s skin or ears. Secondary infections can occur if your pet damages their protective skin barrier from licking and scratching.

Aurora Veterinary Care offers various medications to relieve itchy skin, including Apoquel, and we can also administer Cytopoint, a monoclonal antibody, to quickly and effectively relieve itching. Further treatment to manage your pet’s allergies may include:

  • A change in diet
  • Special measures to remove an allergen from your pet’s environment or limit their exposure to the allergen
  • A medicated shampoo or other topical to keep itching under control

We want your pet to enjoy their life to the fullest. Allergies are more than simply uncomfortable; they can open the door to other health problems! Contact Aurora Veterinary Care today if you suspect your pet has an allergy.