Primary Care

Allergy and Itchy Skin Relief

Do you ever notice your pet’s skin becoming uncharacteristically red or itchy? This could be a hypersensitivity or allergic reaction to parasite exposure, environmental allergens, as well as certain ingredients in their diet.

Some signs your pet may be suffering from an allergy can include:

  • Itchy, red, or irritated skin or ears
  • Excessive biting, scratching, or itching
  • Frequent head shaking
  • Discharge from the eyes or nose
  • Hair loss (alopecia)
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If you suspect that your pet could be suffering from an allergy, it is recommended that you schedule an examination and consultation with your veterinarian. Your doctor will be able to assess your pet, discuss his or her symptoms, identify secondary infections, and discuss testing to help isolate the allergy. There is no cure for allergies, and they can be challenging and frustrating for the pet and owner. Your VCA veterinarian will discuss with you the many current treatment options to help your pet find rapid temporary relief, as well as long term management for their allergies.