Pet Allergies in TucsonSad dog resting its head: Dog Allergies in Tucson

Do you suffer from allergies? There’s a chance your pet could suffer from them, too. Cat and dog allergies cause scratching, sneezing and other uncomfortable conditions for our pets, and it can be frustrating to watch them suffer. At Spanish Trail Pet Clinic, our veterinarians work with you to diagnose allergies and develop a management plan that relieves your pet’s itch now and reduces allergic reactions in the future.

Common Allergens

Dog and cat allergies are caused by many of the same things that cause our own sniffling and sneezing. These include:

  • Ragweed
  • Mesquite, Palo Verde, and other tree pollens
  • Dust and dust mites
  • Dander
  • Mold
  • Fleas
  • And more

Allergy Symptoms in Pets

While pets can suffer from sneezing, and runny nose and eyes, they more commonly develop skin conditions from their allergies. Signs of cat or dog allergies include:

  • Excessive scratching
  • Red, irritated skin
  • Dry, flaky skin
  • Chewing of their paws
  • Excessive grooming
  • Hot spots
  • Hair loss

Itchy skin itself is not dangerous, but with consistent scratching and discomfort, your pet may develop secondary infections. These could be bacterial or fungal in nature and will only contribute more to your pet’s malaise.

Diagnosing and Managing AllergiesCat scratching itself: Dog Allergies in Tucson

If you notice your pet exhibiting any of the above symptoms, bring them to our animal hospital where our team can evaluate their condition. To determine whether your pet has an allergy or some other underlying disease, we perform a series of diagnostic tests. Once we determine your pet has an allergy, your veterinarian will work with you to develop a treatment plan. While there is no cure for allergies, we can manage them. Your pet’s treatment plan may include:

  • Cytopoint, an antibody injection for dogs that delivers itch-relief for 4-6 weeks
  • Apoquel, a daily oral tablet that delivers itch-relief for dogs
  • Atopica, a daily oral tablet that controls the itch for both dogs and cats
  • Antibiotics to treat secondary bacterial infections
  • Antifungals to treat secondary fungal infections
  • Medicated shampoos and topical creams to reduce itch and remove allergens from the coat and skin

Finding the right treatment or combination of treatments to manage your dog’s or cat’s allergies is not always easy, and could require some trial and error. Our animal hospital’s team is here to guide you through every step of the journey so we can help your pet get the relief they deserve. Contact us today at (520) 722-2771 to set up an allergy appointment.