Has your pet been itching and scratching a lot lately? Have you noticed red spots, flaky skin, or excessive paw licking? If so, your pet might be allergic to something in your home. Pets can experience allergic reactions and skin problems, just like people can, leaving them with discomfort or even pain. With our Orillia pet dermatology services, we can diagnose and treat more than a dozen common skin conditions that are caused by allergens to put an end to your pet’s discomfort. Our veterinary team has years of experience with diagnosing and treating skin problems in pets, and we customize our care to meet every pet’s specific needs.
About Your Pet’s Dermatology Visit
During your pet’s dermatology visit, we’ll evaluate their medical history and ask you about their symptoms. We’ll also ask questions about their lifestyle and environment. This discussion serves as the first step in diagnosing the source of your pet’s skin condition/allergy. We can also perform several tests, including food allergy trials. Once a diagnosis is made, we can discuss your treatment options to alleviate your pet’s symptoms, which can be as simple as changing your pet’s food.
Symptoms of Allergies in Pets
The following list provides some of the most common physical symptoms of pet allergies and associated skin conditions to look out for:
- Excessive itching and scratching
- Bald patches/hair loss
- Moist skin spots
- Excessive grooming
- Dry or oily skin
- Red or scabbed skin
- Constant licking or chewing of paws
- Dandruff or flaky skin
These symptoms can result from dozens of allergens, ranging from grass to flea bites to mold spores to food ingredients. If you’ve noticed any of these symptoms, schedule a pet dermatology exam at Orillia Pet Hospital. We want to improve your pet’s quality of life, just as much as you do.