Skin conditions can be painful and inconvenient for your pet. Since many skin conditions have similar symptoms, the best way to get an accurate diagnosis is to bring your pet in for an appointment. Allergic reactions triggered by parasites, the environment or food are some of the most common skin issues we treat and can provide care for.
What are the signs my pet is having an allergic reaction?
It can be tempting to give your pet relief from their itchy skin by treating it with over-the-counter medications. However, many skin conditions are connected to allergic reactions from environmental irritants, fleas or food. By only treating the symptoms of the reaction, you aren’t addressing its cause. Our veterinary team can help treat and prevent future reactions. Some signs of an allergic reaction you can look out for include:
- Itchy skin, including ears
- Raised, red patches
- Swollen face, ears, lips or eyelids
How do you treat skin conditions caused by allergies?
First, we’ll identify the culprit of your pet’s allergies. For example, if flea bites create itchy skin and raised red patches throughout your pet’s body, our first step is to kill the parasites. Our parasite control plan not only includes eradicating the pesky parasites but prescribing a combination of topical or oral medications to safeguard your pet against future infections. If your pet has an allergic reaction to food, we’ll make recommendations about changes to their diet to prevent flare-ups. If you have questions about our dermatology services, please contact us at 519-661-0496.