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Allergy Testing and Dermatology

Dermatology is the study and treatment of skin conditions. One of the most common causes of dermatitis, the general term for skin irritation, is allergies. But dermatitis can also be caused by infections, parasites, autoimmune diseases, skin cancer, and hormonal disorders.

If your pet has any of the following symptoms to an extreme degree or a cluster of a few, we highly encourage you to schedule a visit to give your pet relief.

  • Flaky or red skin
  • Hair loss
  • Persistent scratching or biting of the skin
  • Watery or irritated eyes
  • Excessive licking of the paws or other areas of the skin
  • Lumps or bumps
  • Hot spots
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Irritability

The first step in the dermatology protocol is to diagnose the cause of the problem. This process will begin with a physical examination. The veterinarian may also order tests to further investigate such as skin biopsies, a complete blood count, and allergy testing, depending on their professional opinions of the symptoms.

Once the nature of the disease has been categorized, our veterinarians can then assist with a treatment that will relieve your pet of the itching, burning, and general discomfort associated with dermatitis. These treatments may range from a topical cream to oral medicine, to a more aggressive treatment if the condition is a pathology such as cancer.

For allergies, shots and oral medication are popular treatment options. If the allergen is something that can be avoided, such as a dietary component or a specific household product, this will be advised.

If you suspect your pet has an allergy, pay attention to how they react when exposed to the following common pet allergens:

  • Grass or weeds
  • Different food ingredients such as protein sources or grains
  • Household cleaners
  • Perfumes
  • Dander
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Prescription drugs
  • Fleas

Your careful observation supplemented with an allergy test can help your pet to avoid irritation and allergic reactions.