Skin Diseases in Dogs and Cats

Is your pet constantly scratching, licking or shaking his or her ears? Do you have signs of hay fever such as sniffing or sneezing? You and your dog or cat may share allergic reactions to seasonal pollen, mold, dust or grasses.

Although some pets will have respiratory signs such as asthma when exposed to airborne or contact allergens, most predisposed dogs and cats will develop itchy ears and skin at certain times of the year. This condition is called Atopy, and may also be caused by indoor allergens. Another common cause of itching can be related to fleas. Some animals will experience an exaggerated response to the protein in the saliva of the fleabite. Allergic skin or ear disease can also be related to the diet. Certain food ingredients may be allergens for individual pets and can cause either itching or gastrointestinal signs.

If your dog or cat is suffering  from itchy skin or painful ears it is important to relieve the discomfort before the skin develops a secondary bacterial or yeast infection. Treatment for allergies is based on the examination findings and can include medicated shampoos, topical and oral antibiotics, fatty acid supplements, antihistamines and anti-inflammatory medication such as prednisone. You can reduce exposure to allergens by using effective flea control, weekly bathing, and preventing access to dust and grass clippings.

Please call your  Bremerton veterinarian for an appointment if you would like us to evaluate your dog or cat for allergic skin disease

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