with Pet Dermatology
Pet dermatology goes hand-in-hand with allergies. When your pet has an allergy, it will very likely develop into a skin condition, rather than respiratory problems that we’re so used to ourselves. Pet allergies are not curable, but with the right medication, we’ll relieve your pet’s symptoms while controlling the allergy outbreak, too. Visit The Village Vets of Decatur to begin your pet’s journey to allergy relief.
Diagnosing Pet Allergies
The first step to addressing any allergy is to diagnose it. If you notice any of the following, your pet may have an allergy:
- Dry, flaky skin
- Red, irritated skin
- Hair loss
- Excessive licking
- Chewing paws
- Foul odor coming from their skin
When you bring your pet to us, we’ll perform some diagnostics through our in-house lab to rule out any other diseases or skin conditions. Then, we’ll take a blood sample which we send to highly reputable labs for advanced allergy testing.
Identifying the Source of Your Pet's Allergy
Some common allergens for pets include:
- Mold spores
- Dust and dust mites
- Certain materials
(such as rubber or plastic)
- Food ingredients
(such as pork, beef, egg, etc.)
An allergy test will help us determine any environmental allergen, however, it cannot diagnose food allergies. To discover an exact food allergen, your pet must be put on a hypoallergenic diet for several weeks before adding in possible allergens, one by one, to determine which is the culprit. Our pet dermatology services include helping you through this process.
What People are Saying
I would like to say thank you to Dr. Amanda and the rest of the staff for their incredible kindness to me and the little dog we named Zeus. In addition to the amazing staff, the office was clean and comfortable. We have an ER clinic in my town but if I ever have another emergency, I will gladly drive the 45 minutes to The Village Vets in Decatur.
Managing Pet Allergies
At The Village Vets, we carry the most current allergy medications to help relieve your pet’s symptoms and control allergic reactions in the first place. Your pet’s allergy management could include:
- Apoquel (anti-itch oral tablet)
- Cytopoint (an immune therapy injection)
- Medicated topical creams and shampoos
- And more
Pet dermatology treatments are wide and varied, so we’re bound to find the right combination to suit your pet’s unique needs. Our veterinarians will discuss all your pet’s options at your next appointment.