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Managing Cat & Dog Allergies in Boston, MA

Cats and dogs can develop allergies just like we can, and often to the same substances! Pollen, grass, mold, and dust are just some of the common allergens our pets can be sensitive to. Yet, instead of developing respiratory symptoms like sneezing and runny noses, they usually develop itchy skin. With itchy skin comes a lot of scratching, and in severe cases, your pet can even damage their own skin! At Back Bay Veterinary Clinic, we know how to control cat and dog allergies and get your pet relief from their itchy skin so they can enjoy every season with you, regardless of allergies.

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Symptoms of Cat & Dog Allergies

Cats and dogs’ allergy symptoms often include one or more of the following:

  • Itchy, irritated skin that results in excessive scratching
  • Hair loss (alopecia) in certain areas
  • Licking and chewing at their skin, especially the paws and belly
  • Hot spots
  • Frequent ear infections
  • An odor from the skin
  • Vomiting/diarrhea (in the case of food allergies)
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What Causes Cat & Dog Allergies?

Common allergens that affect cats and dogs include:

  • Flower, tree, and grass pollen
  • Mold and mold spores
  • Dust and dust mites
  • Flea bites
  • Certain materials (often synthetic fibers)
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Food ingredients
  • And more

How We Diagnose & Manage Allergies

Diagnosing allergies involves blood work as well as skin tests that help us rule out other problems that could be causing similar symptoms. Once we determine your pet is suffering from allergies, we can start developing a treatment plan that will help control your pet’s allergy symptoms.

Some of our treatment options include:

  • Cytopoint (an injection for dogs that controls the itch for 4-8 weeks)
  • Apoquel (a daily pill for dogs)
  • Special diets to help control allergy symptoms
  • Food elimination trials (for food allergies only) to help determine what ingredient your pet is allergic to
  • Topical medications to relieve itchy skin
  • Medicated shampoo that helps remove allergens from the skin and coat
  • And more