Finding Relief for Cat & Dog Allergies in Westside Atlanta, GA

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Cat and dog allergies are very common in our area. Our warm climate opens the door for year-round pollen and other allergens, that can cause allergic reaction in sensitive pets. While humans often develop a sniffling nose, our cats and dogs typically develop itchy skin from allergies. That’s why we use dermatology to help relieve the itch. At The Village Vets of Westside, we rely on our experience, in-house lab, and wide range of treatment options to find complete allergy relief for your furry family.

Is your pet scratching more than usual?
It could be allergies!

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Common Allergens for Dogs & Cats

Pets can develop allergies to many of the same things as us including:

  • Pollens (tree, flower, grass, etc.)
  • Mold spores
  • Dust and dust mites
  • Grasses
  • Certain materials (such as rubber or plastic)
  • Food ingredients (such as pork, beef, egg, etc.)*

*It’s important to note that while pets can be sensitive to certain food ingredients, true food allergies are really very rare. Still, food sensitivities can cause vomiting/diarrhea, as well as itchy skin, so we treat them with the same seriousness as a true allergy.

Diagnosing Cat & Dog Allergies

Symptoms of pet allergies often involve the skin, but there are some other symptoms to watch for including:

  • Dry, flaky skin
  • Red, irritated skin
  • Hair loss
  • Excessive licking
  • Chewing paws
  • Foul odor coming from skin
  • Vomiting/diarrhea (in the case of food sensitivity)

If you notice any of these symptoms, make an appointment with us today! We’ll properly diagnose the problem with our in-house lab by ruling out any other diseases and skin conditions. If we decide an allergy is probably the culprit, we can send out a blood sample to one of our trusted partner labs to analyze it for the exact allergen.

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Treatments for Managing Cat & Dog Allergies

Our treatments for allergy symptoms in pets do more than relieve the itch; they offer protection from future outbreaks, too. We’ll work closely with you to find the right treatment or combination of treatments that gives your pet total relief.

  • Apoquel (anti-itch oral tablet)
  • Cytopoint (an immune therapy injection)
  • Antihistamines
  • Antibiotics or antifungals (for secondary skin infections caused by all the scratching)
  • Medicated topical creams and shampoos
  • Elimination diet for food sensitivities