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Allergy and Itchy Skin Relief

Is your pet itchy? Do you notice them scratching, chewing, or licking themselves excessively? These are all signs of pruritus or itchy skin. There are several causes of pruritus. Your pet could have an external parasite (in Los Angeles, fleas are a common cause of itching in pets). Your pet could also have allergies.

In dogs and cats, allergies are usually an abnormal immune response to a parasite (like fleas), a protein in their food, or something in the environment (contact or inhaled). Flea allergies are primarily managed by keeping your pet on consistent flea preventatives. Food allergies are diagnosed through a food trial. Environmental allergies can be more challenging to manage.

Some signs your pet may be suffering from an allergy can include the following: itchy red or pink skin; excessive scratching, licking or grooming; discharge from the eyes or nose; hair loss; vomiting; diarrhea. If you suspect that your pet could be suffering from an allergy, we recommend contacting our hospital to schedule an examination and consultation. Please also refer to the links below for more information on allergies in pets:

Flea Allergy Dermatitis in Dogs
Flea Allergy Dermatitis in Cats

Food Allergies in Dogs
Food Allergies in Cats

General Allergies in Dogs

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To schedule your pet’s visit with our hospital, select Request an Appointment below. In the event of a pet medical crisis, no appointment is needed. Simply select Emergency below to view emergency information.

Request an Appointment

To schedule your pet’s visit with our hospital, select Request an Appointment below. In the event of a pet medical crisis, no appointment is needed. Simply select Emergency below to view emergency information.

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