Treating Cat & Dog Allergies

Many pets experience allergic reactions.  They may be allergic to dust, pollen, fleas, trees, grass, materials, or even their food.  Treating cat and dog allergies involves a two-fold approach: managing the symptoms as well as the cause of the allergy.

At Arab Veterinary Hospital, not far from Blountsville, Huntsville, Decatur and Guntersville, we provide your pet with the dermatology and allergy treatments they need.

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Recognizing a Pet Allergy

An allergy occurs when your pet’s immune system begins to mistakenly recognize a harmless substance (the allergen) as dangerous. The immune system flares up in response and causes all sorts of problems including some digestive and respiratory issues, but primarily skin conditions.

Possible symptoms of an allergy could include:

  • Itchy, red skin
  • Scabbed, irritated skin
  • Runny, red eyes
  • Pawing at the ears and frequent ear infections
  • Chewing paws
  • Constant licking
  • Hair loss

A list of common allergens includes:

  • Tree, grass, or weed pollens
  • Dust and dander
  • Mold spores
  • Fabrics
  • Fleas
  • Cleaning products
  • Medications
  • ...and more.

Without treatment, pets may also suffer from secondary infections that cause even more pain and discomfort.

See a Symptom But Not Sure What To Do Next?

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Pet Allergy Treatments

Before we start treatments, we’ll work together to fully understand the causes and symptoms of your pet’s allergy. We can perform biopsies, skin cultures, and video otoscopy (for ear infections) in-house to rule out any alternative problems. To confirm that your pet's condition is an allergy, we do recommend intradermal allergy testing at a referral laboratory. Once we understand exactly what the allergen is, we will treat the symptoms as well as manage the cause.

Common pet dermatology treatments include:

  • Cytopoint (an injection that treats atopic dermatitis)
  • Apoquel (a tablet that treats atopic dermatitis)
  • Antihistamines
  • Medicated shampoos
  • Topicals

We’ll also discuss ways you can minimize your pet’s exposure to allergens so they don’t suffer from further discomfort.

"The doctors and staff at AVH are phenomenal! They have shown the utmost care for my animals as well as my family. I couldn’t ask for my dogs and cats to be in any better care than they have provided for years. Highly, highly recommend!" - Chris H.

"Can't begin to say how awesome everyone is. So amazing. ALL staff was fantastic. They love your dog too! The doctors are incredible and gave my dog a new life. They are always there when you call and I thank you all so much." - Elizabeth H.

"Took my goat in for an exam. Dr. Harney took his time and held a real conversion with me about his health. I feel some doctors just scan over your animal then tell you do this thing. But Dr. Harney took time to go over options and testing and treatments. 10/10 will recommend." - Elise R.

"The place is gorgeous! I could hang out on their porch swings all afternoon, but the love and care of the staff far exceed all of their beautiful decor and furnishings! We love the Browns!" - Melissa C.

"Excellent facility, excellent Veterinarians and staff. I would not take my pets to any other veterinary practice. Thank you Dr. Brown and Dr. Zeiger and everyone at Arab Veterinary Hospital for making a trip to the vet both informative and friendly!" - Charlie H.

"We brought our dachshund Emily in just before New Year’s for emergency care because she was unable to move her left side.  Dr. Zeiger helped guide us in choosing an appropriate medical plan and a therapeutic response interval.  The third day, we began to see the improvement he had hoped for.  She continues to improve and now only has a slight limp.  I want to thank him for his insightful care and compassion during a difficult time for our family.  His love for animals was evident that day and very much appreciated.  We are so very thankful he was available." - Nikki B