Pets With Atopy

Just like we do, our furry friends can get seasonal allergies. Unlike us, they’re more commonly present with signs on their skin – licking, scratching, and biting at themselves. This condition is termed atopy and usually first noticed at 1-6 years of age. Certain breeds are predisposed to allergies; however, any breed may be affected. Dogs will often be itchy on their face, ears, paws, and underside. Cats will usually be itchy around their faces. It can become so severe that they may get secondary bacterial and fungal infections that can cause them to itch even more!!!

Cat in flowersThere’s hope for pets with atopy, though! Your veterinarian can help to diagnose and treat your pet’s itchiness, as well as any secondary infections caused by the allergies. Multimodal therapy (anti-itch medications, antibiotics and/or anti-fungals, medicated shampoos, skin supplements) is the key to successfully maintaining your best friend’s skin and coat. Pets with atopy will have it for their entire lifetime and management may be frustrating depending on the severity.

Did you know that flea allergies and food allergies are other common causes of your furry friend’s skin issues? If your pet is experiencing skin issues, call us to make an appointment with one of our veterinarians for a proper diagnosis and treatment, so your furry friend can experience some relief!