1.) Why is my pet itchy?

  •  Allergies and Parasites are the most common culprits. Although licking or overgrooming may make it seem like your pet is itchy, it may just be a sign of stress or boredom. This diagnosis is rare it can happen. Stress or boredom is a diagnosis of exclusion since it only compromises very few animals. Bring your pet to the veterinarian to properly diagnose the issue

2.) How long does my pet need to take medication?

  • That depends on the condition we are treating.  If your pet suffers from allergies, they may need medications seasonally or life long.  If mites or fleas are the culprit, your pet will need medication for a few months to ensure they have been fully treated. And we recommend continuing a monthly treatment to ensure your pet isn’t reinfected. Reinfection often occurs because parasites are already present in the environment.

3.) Is the medication safe for long-term use?

  • Most people aren’t aware that most antihistamines are safe in pets as they are in people.  But antihistamines with decongestant aren’t safe and shouldn’t be used.  It’s generally safe to be on antihistamines for life while under the supervision of a veterinarian. In a perfect world, this would be the only medication our patients would need. But in reality, an immunosuppressant or apoquel may be needed. If this is the case, some of these medications can cause damage to the kidneys and liver when used long term. If it’s necessary, the doctor may prescribe either medication long term and use regular blood testing to monitor the pet’s health.

4.) Do I have to feed my pet this therapeutic food?

  • If it is a food allergy then yes. A trial on a therapeutic food is often the way to diagnose food allergy without a blood test. Pet store foods may be advertised as “hypoallergenic” or “limited-ingredient”, but many brands share manufacturing—which means cross contamination is likely.  A therapeutic diet ensures allergens aren’t introduced during manufacturing.

5.) Will my pet grow out of allergies?

  • Not likely.  Once developed most allergies will be life-long.  Sometimes with age a pet’s reaction to a particular allergen will decrease.

6.) Why did my pet develop allergies now?

  • Allergies can develop at any time in a pet’s life. They develop when the body comes in contact with substances it mistakenly identifies as harmful.  We often see this at 1 to 3 years of age, when the pet is exposed to more allergens in foods and the environment.

7.) How can I stop my pet from licking or chewing themselves raw?

  • The first solution is the Elizabethan collar or E-collar untl medications can kick in. Some other options include using a t-shirt, boxer underwear or socks, to block them from getting to the wound( or itchy area). These not only work for itchy patients, but they also work to protect incisions after surgery. They don’t stop the itch but only stop the pet from self trauma. So finding a reason if possible is the best solution and prevent them from getting to what they are allergic too.