Dermatology- Allergy Signs
03
October

By Adem Lewis / in , , , /


On the dermatology service, we
primarily focus on allergies and pets. That would be the majority of what we
see. We see dogs, cats, horses and some exotic animals as well.
We also help to treat animals who have ongoing chronic skin and ear infections
that have been difficult to treat as well as autoimmune skin diseases and
sometimes even cancer. During the springtime, the weather starts to get warmer, the plants start to pollinate and typically we start to see our pets with
allergies begin to show signs of allergy. Signs of allergy in pets include hair
loss, itchiness, infection, and those can all be clues to you that something might be
going on. Other times, pets might have runny itchy eyes and nose as well if you
notice any of those signs and your pets. You would definitely want to ask your
veterinarian about possibly having underlying allergies with your dog or
cat. Other signs that you might want to watch for that might be a little more
subtle would be things like ear infections. Sometimes ear infections are hard to know that they’re happening. You might
notice your dog is rubbing their head or face, shaking their head a lot, sometimes
pawing at their ears. Other signs that an allergy could be present is a skin
infection. Skin infections typically have a bad odor or you might notice hair loss
or crusting of the skin and those can be some minor indications that an allergy
is the cause of that chronic skin and ear infection. Sometimes cats may have
difficulty breathing and that could be allergies associated with underlying
asthma. Additionally in horses, we treat asthma they may have chronic itchy skin,
hair loss, tail rubbing, biting at their sides and then even sometimes asthma in
horses can be associated with allergy as well. If your pet has a secondary
infection associated with their allergies, one of the most common
questions we have are “can I get this from my dog or cat or could one of my
other pets at home contract the same inspection?” The good news is no not usually usually you are you and your other pets at home will not get
a skin infection because your allergic dog has one. Some of the things that you
can do at home to help control allergy in your pets include use of certain
medications under the guidance of a veterinarian such as antihistamines,
steroids ,or other allergy modification drugs. You can also try to reduce
exposure to some of the things they could potentially be allergic to. One of
the most common allergies we see in dogs and cats is allergy to dust mite like
house dust mites and sometimes use of HEPA filters, reduce numbers of
carpeting, frequent changing of bedding, that can all help to reduce their
exposure to those allergens. If you feel like your pet needs to be seen by a
dermatologist, there are two ways that you could schedule an appointment with
Auburn. You can either have your veterinarian call us to share some
information about your pet so that we can help get an appointment scheduled or you can call us directly and schedule an appointment for a time that’s best for
you.


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