Allergies and Skin Problems in Dogs and Cats

Allergies are quite common in dogs of all breeds and backgrounds, typically due to fleas, but can also be the result of food or inhaled irritants like dust or pollen. And because we're located in the low country, something is always blooming year-round—meaning a greater risk of allergy symptoms. Using the latest in veterinary medicine, we are capable of diagnosing and treating a range of pet allergies with the goal of providing long-term relief for your pet.

Symptoms of Pet Skin Allergy

It is important to be able to identify the first signs and symptoms of allergies and dermatological conditions. These include:

  • Scratching, licking, chewing or biting the skin, feet and ears
  • Red, raised, scaly areas on the skin
  • Bumps, crusts or pus-filled vesicles on the skin
  • Increased skin pigmentation
  • Thickened skin
  • Loss of hair
  • Salivary staining (brown color)
  • Head shaking

Left untreated, allergic reactions and skin conditions can become serious medical concerns. If your pet exhibits any of the symptoms above, please make an appointment to have him or her seen by Dr. Askins and the experienced medical team at Sweetgrass Animal Hospital. We will evaluate your pet, determine the most effective method of treatment and explain how you can prevent future problems.

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