Managing Cat & Dog Allergies in DeRidder and Leesville, LA with Pet Dermatology

Our dermatology services deal with cat and dog skin conditions, many of which are caused by allergies. Cat and dog allergies primarily affect your pet’s skin, causing them to scratch, lick, and bite at themselves. As their skin breaks, your pet also becomes prone to secondary infections which cause more discomfort. Our veterinarians at our two locations serve pets of DeRidder, LA, and Leesville, LA with advanced veterinary dermatology services to manage their allergies and relieve the itch.

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Identifying Pet Allergies

Not all skin conditions are allergies, so it’s important to rule out any other illnesses before we proceed with allergy management. At both of our locations, we have an in-house lab where we’re able to perform skin scrapings to identify any skin infections, parasite problems, and more. Additionally, we’ll perform diagnostic blood work to check for any underlying diseases that could be contributing to the problem. Once we rule out other issues, we can confidently conclude that allergies are the problem.

Symptoms you might notice at home include:

  • Your cat or dog scratching more than usual
  • Frequent ear infections
  • Red, irritated skin
  • Dry, flaky skin
  • Dog licking paws
  • Cat grooming excessively
  • Hair loss
  • Hot spots
  • Nasal discharge
  • Vomiting/diarrhea (indicative of a food allergy)
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What Are Cats & Dogs Allergic To?

Pets can be allergic to many of the same things we are. Some of the most common allergens include:

  • Pollens (trees, flowers, grasses)
  • Mold spores
  • Dust and dust mites
  • Certain household cleaners
  • Materials like rubber or plastic
  • Fabrics
  • Perfumes
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Food ingredients (chicken, beef, eggs, etc.)

To confirm your pet’s allergy, we are able to send a blood sample to an outside lab. With the results, we may be able to develop an immunotherapy allergy shot to help desensitize your pet to the allergen. Please ask us for more details about this service.

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Pet Allergy Management Options

Our allergy management options are varied, and not every pet will respond the same to each one. Your veterinarian will work with you to develop an effective management plan with either one or a combination of the following:

  • Cytopoint - an injection for dogs lasting 4-8 weeks
  • Apoquel - a daily oral tablet for dogs
  • Atopica - a daily oral tablet for dogs and oral solution for cats
  • Immunotherapy (allergy shot)
  • Antihistamines
  • Antibiotics to treat a secondary bacterial infection
  • Antifungals to treat a secondary fungal infection
  • Food elimination trial (for food allergies)

If you think your pet may have allergies, please contact us at our DeRidder location, (337) 463-7011, or Leesville location, (337) 537-2454, to set up an appointment, or make one online!