Allergies are no fun for anyone, pets included! In this week’s newsletter we cover signs to look for, as well as introducing many of the tools Dr. Paterson may use in helping your pet cope with their allergies. It is important to note: “You have to be realistic up front…the thing about allergies is that you do not cure them, you manage them.” Dr. Taylor Truitt. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. As frustrating as they are, they are not curable. But with the many advances in today’s medicine, we can make their lives, and ours, much more peaceful.
Because these allergies in pets are so common, there’s a good chance your dog or cat could be suffering. With spring in full swing, many of our companions are starting to exhibit symptoms. Here is a list of signs your pet may have seasonal allergies:
- Scratching and Biting
- Inflamed and Infected Skin
- Excessive Shedding
- Paw Licking
- Scooting or Licking the Anal Region
- Chronic Ear Infections
- Respiratory Issues
If your dog, or cat is showing any of these symptoms, give us a call! Let’s work out a management plan to make both you and your pet more comfortable.
WHAT IS DOUXO® CALM?Just like people, your pet can experience allergies too. DOUXO® Calm can help provide your dog or cat with relief from the discomfort of itching and inflammation due to allergies.
DOUXO® Calm is a unique formulation of ingredients shown to help reduce inflammation, soothe irritated and itchy skin, and help repair and restore the skin barrier.
DOUXO® Calm replenishes the barrier that protects your pet from allergens and irritants and is clinically proven to help improve skin hydration in 3 weeks. The skin becomes more supple which can help reduce the sensation of itching.
CYTOPOINT works like your dog’s own immune system. It is specifically designed to target and neutralize one of the main proteins that send itch signals to your dog’s brain that triggers scratching, licking, and chewing. CYTOPOINT blocks signals that trigger itch, so the constant scratching can stop, and red, irritated skin can heal. In fact, in a study, CYTOPOINT helped damaged skin begin to heal within 7 days.CYTOPOINT is a safe, effective, long-lasting treatment for chronic itch due to allergic or atopic dermatitis. It is an injection that is given by your veterinarian that targets itch at its source.
There are many types of environmental irritants that surround us and our pets each and every day including fleas, pollen and even the dust in our homes. For some dogs these irritants can cause a skin condition that may lead to scratching, sometimes excessively. This is unpleasant for your dog and can also be difficult for everyone else in the family. The good news is most dogs with these skin conditions can benefit simply from the right food.
Hill’s nutritionists and veterinarians developed Prescription Diet® Derm Defense™ clinical nutrition specially formulated to help manage environmental sensitivities in dogs.
WHAT IS APOQUEL?
APOQUEL is a revolutionary dog allergy medicine that goes right to the source of itch to provide relief. APOQUEL is prescribed by your veterinarian to control itch and stop inflammation associated with allergic or atopic dermatitis in dogs 12 months and older.
An occasional itch may be quite normal, but it should never interrupt activities, cause hair loss, or lead to skin damage. Frequent or constant scratching, licking, biting, scooting, and/or rubbing are most often signs of allergic skin disease.