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Dermatology for dogs and cats.

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Better Care, Better Lives

Dermatology for dogs and cats.

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Pet allergies are often the result of an animal’s immune system overreacting to something on the skin. Certain breeds of dogs may be more prone to allergies than others. Labs, Dalmatians, Boxers, Golden Retrievers, and various types of Terriers are breeds that may have more problems with allergies. There is not generally any specific type of cat breeds that are more susceptible. There are several specific types of allergies such as: Environmental Allergies, Food Allergies, and Parasitic or Fungi Allergies.

Even the most responsible pet owner could leave the garage door open or forget to close the gate, resulting in a lost pet. Microchipping your beloved pet could be the difference between having your pet returned and not being able to find them. While it is estimated that nearly 3 million pets in shelters are euthanized annually, some of those animals are pets whose owners were unable to find them. AVID, one of the major microchip manufacturers, states that approximately 1,400 pets with microchips are reunified with their owners per year, saving them from euthanasia.

Most allergic reactions are noticed on the skin. If a dog or cat has an allergy it will likely manifest itself when the animal is still young, although that is not always the case. Some specific allergic reactions may include the following:

  • Bumps on the Skin
  • Facial Swelling
  • Coughing and Sneezing

  • Runny Eyes or Nose
  • Compulsive Scratching
  • Vomiting or Seizing.

Most allergic reactions are noticed on the skin. If a dog or cat has an allergy it will likely manifest itself when the animal is still young, although that is not always the case. Some specific allergic reactions may include the following:

  • Bumps on the Skin
  • Facial Swelling
  • Coughing and Sneezing
  • Runny Eyes or Nose
  • Compulsive Scratching
  • Vomiting or Seizing.

Slide Diagnostic Services A veterinarian will want to thoroughly examine your pet when trying to determine what the pet may be allergic to. A vet will likely look for skin parasites such as fleas. The vet may prescribe a bland diet to rule out any food allergies. If it is determined that your pet has an environmental allergy treatment may be as simple as trying to keep the animal away from the allergen. A vet may prescribe medications for your pet. More frequent bathing may also help or using special types of shampoo.

At Sunshine Animal Hospital, we are a single doctor practice so we can develop a personal connection with each of our clients. Dr. Kristy Kreutzer is a veterinarian who provides both skilled animal care along with personal caring. At our practice we offer several services to improve the health of your pet. A few of these include wellness exams, emergency care, dentistry, surgery, and pharmacy services. Dr. Kristy Kreutzer can give your pet expert veterinarian care and personalized attention. Contact us at 303-499-0199 today!