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Itchy Pets Are Our Specialty

A Boxer lying on the floor

It's hard to see your pet scratching from an uncomfortable itch. It could be fleas, an allergy, or an infection. Whatever the reason, you can be sure that we will get to the root cause of your pet's discomfort so that we can treat not just the symptom, but also the reason for the problem.

We have a number of very effective treatments at our disposal, including the latest in sub-lingual (under the tongue) allergy therapy, which eliminates the need for at-home injections. We also have medications and ointments that can soothe your pet and get them itch-free quickly and safely.

For more information on pet allergies please read our Blog: "Itchy and Scratchy: Allergies in Dogs".

Common Reasons for an Itchy Pet

  • Parasites—Fleas are the most common offenders, but other organisms like mites can also cause pets to scratch.
  • Allergies—Pets can be allergic to anything that people can. Food, grass, pollen, dust mites, or even flea saliva can cause your pet to be itchy. If you suspect your pet may have an allergy, contact us and we will help get your pet feeling better right away.
  • Skin infections—Infections can occur for a variety of reasons. Often medications are needed to get rid of infection and make your pet comfortable.

Signs that Your Pet May be Allergic

  • Generalized scratching, chewing, and rubbing
  • Hair loss
  • Inflamed, ulcerated, crusted, or flaky skin
  • Licking of the paws
  • Rubbing of the face
  • Inflamed or infected ears
  • Wheezing or coughing (more likely in cats)

Diagnosis and Treatment

  • Skin cytologies and/or skin scrapes will be performed to determine underlying causes such as yeast, bacteria, and/or mites.
  • Food trials
  • Treatment often includes the industries top proven medications such as Apoquel and Cytopoint.

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