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Skin Conditions Can Be Caused by Pet Allergies

Is your pet’s constant scratching keeping you up at night? Many pet owners' first instinct is to believe the near constant scratching is caused by fleas or a similar ailment, but it's more likely to be a pet allergy.

If you've tried grooming and bathing, but your pet is still suffering - it's time to make an appointment with our veterinarians at Cornerstone Veterinary Hospital Of Clifton Park. We can help you determine the cause of your pet's itch and have considerable experience providing pet allergy care to patients with skin conditions.

Schedule your pet for an allergy care visit online or call us at (518) 383-6254 to schedule a house call.

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How We Diagnose Pet Allergies

We offer a variety of options for treating pet allergies and will work with you on a specific treatment plan, but first we need to diagnose the cause of your pet's itching and scratching. To determine if indeed your pet has an allergy, and to accurately diagnose what is causing the allergic reaction, we employ a variety of methods including:
  • Skin scraping
  • Skin culture
  • Biopsy
  • Allergy testing
  • Fungal culture
  • Prescription diet trials (if a food allergy is suspected)

Managing Your Pet’s Allergies

There is no cure for allergies in pets, but the symptoms can be managed very well with proper treatment. Our veterinarians will go over your options, which may include anti-itch medication, antibiotics, topical sprays, and/or a change in diet.
 
The first step is determining if your pet has allergies or a skin infection, so please call us at (518) 383-6254 to make an appointment.
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Dietary Issues & Other Common Pet Allergies

Pet's can become allergic to certain ingredients in their food, such as beef and chicken byproducts, dairy, soy, wheat, and corn. To diagnose a food allergy, we implement a diet trial, and restrict your pet to a prescription diet (no treats or table scraps) for up to three months. If the new diet improves their condition, we may recommend keeping your pet on that specific diet for the long term.

We treat a variety of conditions including flea allergy dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, and ringworm. Ringworm is a fungal infection that can spread very quickly to other animals (along with humans), and can be difficult to treat. Atopic dermatitis can be caused by exposure to dust mites, certain molds and pollens, and even grass. Flea allergy dermatitis occurs as a result of flea bite hypersensitivity.

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