If you notice that your pet is having skin or digestion problems, it is possible that they have allergies. Atopic dermatitis is a condition where your pet may have excessively itchy skin. It is very common in both cats and dogs. This can be caused by food allergies, environmental allergens, or a flea allergy. If you notice your pet is struggling with itchy skin, consider taking them to the vet and keep track of the dietary and behavioral patterns of your pet. Skin conditions can be diagnosed after any hormonal abnormalities have been ruled out. Our dermatology testing encompasses allergy testing, hair loss, and dietary habits. If you notice your pet exhibiting any unusual symptoms, give our office a call to schedule a check-up. Sometimes there are easy solutions that you can implement at home before dermatology medication may be deemed necessary. A thorough examination of your pet and possibly some diagnostic testing will be able to give you a clear picture of your pet’s health.

Identifying Allergic Itch in Your Dog

While an occasional itch is common for dogs, frequent scratching or excessive chewing could be symptoms of a skin condition that needs medical treatment. There are a variety of underlying causes to allergic itch. But when treated early, these can be managed and restore your dog’s comfort and happiness.

Common Signs

  • Frequent scratching, licking, biting, or chewing
  • Excessive rolling, rubbing, or scooting
  • Recurrent ear problems: head shaking, ear discharge, or scratching at ears
  • Hair loss, body odor, or skin changes: rash, redness, greasy skin, or scabs

Common Causes

  • Food allergy
  • Environmental allergens: pollen, dust mites, and mold
  • Contact allergens: household cleaners, shampoos, plants, and insecticides
  • Flea allergy

Questions your vet may ask:

  • Does the itching happen often? Is it becoming more regular?
  • On what part of the body does your dog scratch most?
  • Is there a seasonal pattern? How long does it last? Does it last longer than when you first noticed it?
  • Does it happen when your dog goes outdoors?
  • Is it becoming more severe?
  • Does the itch interrupt normal activities like eating, walking outdoors, playing, or sleeping?

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