At Methuen Veterinary Hospital, we have years of experience providing provide routine and urgent veterinary care for many different types of pets. Our well-rounded staff can help you address a wide range of pet maladies. When dogs and cats begin to scratch at their fur and skin regularly, it can be an indication of a dermatological health issue. It’s important to seek veterinary care when your pet is experiencing skin problems so that your pet can receive an accurate diagnosis and prompt, effective treatment. Skin maladies could be the result of allergies, parasites, and more.
What Are Some of the Things My Dog Could Be Allergic to?
Much like humans, your dog may be allergic to dust, mold, dander, or airborne pollens.
How Do I Know if My Dog Has an Allergy? if He Does, How Can I Know What He Is Allergic to?
Allergy testing for dogs can be done using blood tests or using a skin-prick test. The skin prick test tends to be more accurate because the affected organ (skin) is being tested directly. Allergy testing is most effective for finding environmental allergens.
If you suspect your dog has a food allergy, elimination of suspected allergens is the best approach. This takes substantial time, effort, and planning. It’s best to talk to our veterinarian about this approach to your dog’s suspected allergies.
How Do I Treat My Dog for Allergies?
The best form of treatment for dog allergies is to minimize exposure to the allergen. This is easiest if the allergen is a specific food. If that’s not possible, allergy shots can be administered. The shots allow for gradual desensitization to the allergen.
Is My Dog Itchy Because He Has Fleas or Some Other Parasite Related Problem?
The most obvious sign of a flea problem is the presence of fleas on your dog or in your home. A flea bite can cause your dog to be itchy, but it can be much worse if your dog is allergic to the flea bite. Talk to our veterinarian to find out what prescriptions are available for flea and parasite prevention.
Veterinarian in Methuen
It can be tempting to try diagnosing your pet’s itchy symptoms yourself by browsing the aisles of your local pet store for shampoos that might help. Consulting our veterinarian early will provide you with relief more quickly and may save you money in the long run. For more information on pet dermatology or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian, call us at (978) 685-8031.