Animals, particularly dogs, and cats, develop itchy skin and allergies regularly. However, as humans, we don’t regularly see all the symptoms because animal fur tends to cover things until the allergic reactions become really severe, such as scabbing, extreme flaking, and open wounds that become infected. Fortunately, even when discovered later, there is a lot that a vet can do in Riverview, FL, to calm down a pet’s allergies as well as providing treatment for their health system to recover and get back to normal again.
Pet Allergies Are Different
Pets don’t typically show their allergies the way humans do. Usually, humans realize the first trigger of an allergy with sinus flare-ups, skin hives, or eye irritation. On the other hand, dogs and cats reflect their allergies through either digestion problems, skin reactions, or both. For dogs, in particular, most of the mast cells that react to allergies are in their skin, not their nose. As humans, we see these problems as a deterioration of the animal’s fur quality, itching and flaking spots, loss of fur, or digestion problems from both ends. Chronic ear issues are common, as well.
Various Treatments are Possible
For dogs, canine skin allergies are technically known as canine atopic dermatitis. The key aspect is the ‘-itis’ at the end of the condition name, which means inflammation. The allergy can be triggered by:
- A sensitivity
- Giving the dog the wrong food
- An age change
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A veterinarian can test and evaluate to pin down the allergy type and probable source. Treatment can be provided that both reduce the inflammation as well helps the dog’s system recover again. This can include medicated swabs and paths, treatment of antihistamines, antibiotics or antifungals, supplements, and even flea-control treatments (fleas cause allergies). In severe cases, additional aids can be issued, such as cortisone-based prescriptions. Even then, the itchy skin treatment cost is minimal compared to what happens with infections.
At Pavilion Crossing Animal Hospital & Grooming in Riverview, FL, we can help you take control of your pet’s allergies again. Dr. Keshava Eega deals with all types of pet allergies, including various cat and dog conditions. We have both in-office treatments as well as take-home applications for all breeds. Call us at (813) 670-8881 to set up an appointment and give your furry friend some welcome relief!
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Dr. Keshava Eega
Pavilion Crossing Animal Hospital
Dr. Keshava Eega moved to the United States in 2003 to further his passion for practicing high-quality and modern veterinary medicine in a challenging environment. Having graduated from the College of Veterinary Science in Hyderabad, India, he then completed his Master’s in Animal Science and the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam in 2006. Dr. Eega then completed his clinical rotations at the Louisiana State University, School of Veterinary Medicine and subsequently obtained his license to practice Veterinary Medicine in the state of Florida. Dr. Eega possesses thirteen years of experience in corporate practice in Orlando as both an Associate Veterinarian and a Lead Doctor. Through the course of his tenure, he has gained vast and widespread experience and exposure in both the practice of high-quality veterinary medicine and soft tissue surgeries. He also possesses professional interests in preventive care, senior pet care, skin cases, nutrition, behavior and wellness exams, particularly for both cats and dogs. Dr. Eega also possesses Fear Free certification which enables him to rid pets, owners and even veterinary health care teams of fear, stress, and anxiety. Hence, in the hands of Dr. Eega, you can be assured that your pet receives modern, customized care in a comfortable environment!