Treating Cat & Dog Allergies in St. Paul

Spring, summer, and fall bring all kinds of pollens, molds, and other particles that can irritate pets genetically predisposed to having allergies. Pet dermatology issues can develop from their diet, from fleas or other parasites, or from their environment during a certain season. At St. Paul Pet Hospital, we encourage pet owners to be mindful of their pets’ behavior and look for signs of cat and dog allergies. These include:

  • Constant chewing/licking of feet
  • Chewing/licking at other areas
  • Hair/fur loss
  • Constant scratching
  • Red, raw patches of skin
  • Ears giving off terrible odor
  • Dandruff
  • Rubbing at face and ears
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Atopy in Pets

Atopy, or environmental allergies, causes seasonal periods of itching that, over time, increase in duration and affect pets throughout most of the year. Naturally, this results in a near-constant cycle of itchiness that leaves many pets miserable. Constant scratching and licking at the affected areas can lead to skin infections, and make the problem seem to be virtually without end. Fortunately, atopy can be managed at any stage, though the earlier it’s detected, the better.

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Treating Your Pet’s Atopy

Atopy can manifest early in pets; usually between the ages of 1 and 3. While this condition cannot be fully treated, its symptoms can be managed by maintaining frequent communication with your veterinarian and closely monitoring your pet. Cortisone-type medications tend to produce the most desired effect in reducing itchiness; these include:

  • Prednisone
  • Depo-Medrol
  • Dexamethasone

We can also prescribe cytokine inhibitors like Apoquel to soothe your pet’s itching, and cooling shampoos to remove allergens. The key to long-term pet dermatology is the management of your pet’s atopy is persistence, regular communication with your veterinarian, and careful monitoring. At the earliest sign of itching in your pet, contact us right away—otherwise, their symptoms will only get worse. Your pet deserves to be comfortable and happy all year-round, and we can provide them with much-needed relief with our pet allergy services. If you suspect your pet is suffering from cat or dog allergies, call us today at (651) 789-6275.

Skin Conditions

Chronic itching and other skin problems can make your pet very uncomfortable. While most skin problems are treatable, some can take a little time to correctly diagnose, while others respond slowly to therapy. Only a correct diagnosis can lead to proper therapy. We’re able to define a correct diagnosis in the vast majority of skin problems.

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man petting his dog

Bravecto Flea & Tick Prevention

The fleas and ticks are back. Is your dog protected? Fleas and ticks can cause a number of health problems for your pet, ranging from flea allergy dermatitis, anemia, and Lyme disease. That’s why St. Paul Pet Hospital recommends that you keep your pet on a preventive product all year-round to protect them. We are pleased to now offer Bravecto preventatives for dogs, the only chews that provides up to 12 weeks of flea and tick prevention. Here are a few reasons that both you and your pet will love Bravecto:

  • They taste great!
  • They’re easy to administer.
  • They’re safe for both large and small dogs.

Want to Learn More About Bravecto?

Bravecto is the only chewable preventative for dogs that offers up to 12 weeks of flea and tick prevention. You can learn more about it by visiting our Blog or by calling us at (651) 789-6275. Stop in to St. Paul Pet Hospital today to pick up your box of Bravecto!

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