Pet allergies and skin conditions are usually connected. If your pet is allergic to pollen, mold, grass, or something in their diet, they are also likely to have a skin disorder. At Hefner Road Animal Hospital in Oklahoma City, our doctors and staff are able to handle a variety of skin conditions and make allergies more manageable for your pet, and for you!
How to Tell If Your Pet Has an Allergy or Skin Problem
Pets tend to hide their pain and discomfort, but you can tell if they have a skin problem by the following:
- Frequent scratching
- Skin that is red and inflamed
- Missing patches of fur
- A dull, greasy coat
- Dry, scaly patches of skin
- Sores and scabs under the fur
- Chewing and licking at the feet and other areas over and over
Itching is a primary indicator of allergies, and if your pet spends a lot of time scratching, they could also be damaging their skin barrier and increasing their risk of infection.
If your pet is showing any signs of allergies or skin issues, please call us to schedule a visit!
Conditions We Regularly Treat
When your pet has allergies or a skin problem, it’s not just a hassle for them—it can be irritating for you, too! But knowing they have a problem is the first step towards identifying and treating it.
Some of the skin conditions our doctors are experienced in treating include:
- Genetic conditions of the skin and coat
- Allergic skin disease (allergic dermatitis)
- Autoimmune/immune-mediated skin disorders
- Infectious and parasitic skin diseases (mange, flea allergy dermatitis, etc.)
- Both acute and chronic ear diseases
Can My Pet’s Condition be Fully Treated?
There is no permanent cure for pet allergies. However, we can help you manage the symptoms and any resulting secondary infections so your pet can lead a more comfortable life. Diagnosing their skin disorder may involve blood work, cytology, and allergy testing. Additionally, treatment depends on our findings and what is most compatible with your pet’s health and temperament.
Some of our treatment options are:
- A hypoallergenic diet (if your pet has a food allergy)
- Oral or injectable medication to relieve itching and inflammation
- Topical medication
Talk to us about your pet’s condition and find out how we can give them much-deserved relief. Just call (405) 773-5557!