Treating Cat & Dog Allergies, Infections & More

Humans are not the only ones who have to worry about allergy season--our pets do, too! Spring, summer, and fall bring various allergens including mold, pollen, and dust mites. Pets that are genetically prone to cat and dog allergies are easily irritated by these and other allergens, which can cause pet dermatology symptoms such as:

  • Excessively chewing and licking the feet
  • Chewing, licking, and biting at sides and hind end
  • Hair and fur loss
  • Continuous scratching
  • Sneezing
  • Runny eyes
  • Rubbing at face and ears
  • Raw, red skin
  • Dandruff
  • Yeast buildup in the ears (gives off strong odor)

St. Paul Pet Hospital-Highland is equipped to provide pet dermatology services to relieve these symptoms and treat your pet's condition at its source.

Cat & Dog Allergies in Highland Park, MN
Dog scratching itself

What is Atopy?

Atopy, also known as allergic hypersensitivity, is often associated with the immune system's increased response to allergens. This usually results in relentless itching, which can become more frequent and much more irritating if left untreated. Since your pet's only option is to scratch and lick in response, this can lead to damaged skin and a bacterial infection. Your pet's condition might seem like an endless cycle but luckily it can be managed with patience, diligence, and the proper treatment.

How We Treat Atopy in Pets

Often, atopy can begin developing in pets 1-3 years old. There is no permanent cure for atopy, but this condition can be kept well under control. Management involves staying in frequent contact with your veterinarian and keeping a close eye on your pet's behaviors and appearance. The earlier a problem is detected, the sooner it can be treated. When treating atopy, we prefer to use medications containing cortisone, which often produces the best results. Such medications include:

  • Prednisone
  • Depo-Medrol
  • Dexamethasone

Cytokine inhibitors such as Apoquel are also useful for reducing itchiness and healing irritated skin. We offer hypoallergenic shampoos for removing allergens and soothing discomfort.

For successful, long-term treatment, you need to consult with your veterinarian regularly and follow their directions closely. Remember, at the first sign of itching, you should contact us to schedule an appointment. Your companion deserves to be itch-free and healthy throughout the year, and we can help make that possible.

Skin Conditions Pets Can Have

A variety of skin conditions can cause similar issues like itching, irritation, hair loss, and infection. These include:

  • Atopy
  • Flea allergy dermatitis
  • Ear infections
  • Mites
  • Ringworm and other fungal infections

Some of these issues cannot be correctly identified without proper diagnostics. Furthermore, treatment can take time. Fortunately, in most cases, we can make an accurate and timely diagnosis.

Dog biting its leg
Cat on owner's lap

Preventing Parasites with Bravecto

Fleas and ticks can be a major nuisance for your pet. Are they protected? These pests can cause anemia, Lyme disease (spread by ticks), and skin irritation. Therefore, we recommend giving your pet flea and tick preventives year-round for their safety. St. Paul Pet Hospital-Highland offers Bravecto for dogs, a tasty chewable that offers as many as 12 weeks of protection. These chews are safe for dogs of all sizes and easy to give.

Learn More About Bravecto

Bravecto is currently the only parasite preventive on the market that gives dogs up to 3 months of flea and tick prevention. To learn more about this product, you can check out our blog or give us a call at (651) 789-6275. You can also drop in for a visit any time during our regular office hours to speak with our team and pick up a box of Bravecto for your pet.