Allergies are typically seasonal in Rutland, VT and in the greater New England region. Our symptoms rise and fall with the weather, and many times, so do our pets’ allergy reactions. Cats and dogs can often develop allergies to the same things we do, but instead of sneezing and runny noses, they are more likely to develop itchy, irritated skin. At Rutland Veterinary Clinic and Surgical Center, we have the tools, skills, and experience to help your pet get relief.
What Do Cat & Dog Allergies Look Like?
How can you tell if your pet has allergies, or something else? The best way is to visit your veterinarian, where we can run diagnostic tests to rule out underlying conditions and determine that it is, in fact, allergies.
Here are symptoms to watch for that warrant a trip to the vet:
- Excessive scratching, particularly around the head, neck, and under the front legs
- Over-grooming (cats)
- Hair loss
- Red, irritated skin or skin that is dry and flaky
- Licking of their forelegs and paws
- Chewing their paws
Managing Your Pet’s Allergies in Rutland, VT
Once we determine that your pet has allergies, we’ll develop a treatment plan for them. Keep in mind that allergies cannot be cured, only effectively managed. Our practice offers a wide range of allergy management options including:
- Cytopoint – injection for dogs that controls the itch for 4-8 weeks
- Apoquel – daily oral medication for dogs
- Atopica – daily oral tablet for dogs; oral solution for cats
- Medicated shampoos – helps remove allergens from the coat and skin
- Topical creams – provides temporary itch relief
With the excess scratching, your pet can easily damage its skin barrier, which opens the door for infections. Signs of infection often include discharge from the infected site, discoloration, and an odor. If your pet does have a secondary infection, we’ll treat it with antibiotics or antifungals, depending on the type of infection.