Has your pet seemed especially itchy lately, or have you noticed that he's developed a rash on his skin? This isn't a problem to ignore. Dogs, cats, and other pets can develop dermatological problems that may persist for years without the right diagnosis and treatment. Often these skin issues are caused by allergies, such as food allergies and skin allergies. Call us at Sage Creek Animal Hospital, serving St. Vital, Sage Creek, Winnipeg, and the surrounding areas, to help your furry friend start feeling better right away.
Allergies and Pets: What You Need to Know
If you have allergies, you may experience cold-like symptoms such as sneezing and itchy sinuses. Pets sometimes get these symptoms when they have an allergy, too, but it's much more common for allergies in pets to show up on their skin. If your dog or cat has seasonal allergies for instance, he may get a rash or break out in hives. Owners of pets with allergies often notice that their dog or cat is scratching or grooming much more often due to these skin problems. This can lead to further skin irritation, hair loss, hot spots, and infections.
Pets can experience a wide variety of types of allergies and other skin problems. Food allergies, seasonal allergies, and contact allergies can all be concerns for dogs, cats, and other pets. So while it may be tempting to try to treat your pet's skin issues at home, it is very important that you bring your pet to the animal hospital for a diagnosis. A veterinarian will be able to run tests to identify what is causing your pet's skin problems and prescribe a targeted and effective course of treatment that will help your furry friend get some relief.
Could My Pet Have an Allergy?
Here are a few common symptoms of allergies in pets. If you recognize any of these symptoms in your pet, it's a good idea to call the veterinarian for an appointment.
- Excessive scratching, licking, or biting
- Hives or a rash on the skin
- Scabs or sores where your pet has been scratching
- Hair loss or bald patches
- Ear infections
- Infected nail beds
Our Winnipeg Animal Hospital Diagnoses and Treats Skin Problems and Allergies
If your pet is suffering from a skin problem or an allergy, our veterinarians can help. Call us at Sage Creek Animal Hospital, serving St. Vital, Winnipeg, Sage Creek, and the surrounding areas, and we'll help your pet feel better as soon as possible. You can reach us by phone at 204-255-1150.