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 Animal Care 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.
How We Diagnose Pet Allergies
- Skin scraping
- Skin culture
- Allergy testing
- Fungal culture
- Prescription diet trials (if a food allergy is suspected)
Managing Your Pet’s Allergies
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.