Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Itchy Pets Are Miserable Pets!

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Sleuth the Reporter Dog - Veterinary News Network

Have you seen your pet scratching a lot lately?  If fleas arenít the problem and you can rule out food allergies, then your pet may suffer from ATOPY.  Itís a funny word, so Sleuth had his pals at the Veterinary News Network check it out and give us a report!

1)    Pet owners often see their pets constantly licking, chewing and scratching.  These pets may be allergic to things like pollen, molds, grasses or even dust mites.

2)    This condition is called Atopy.  Itís not curable, but thankfully, veterinarians and veterinary dermatologists can help provide some solutions to give your pet some relief.

3)    Owners can help by using cool water rinses daily when allergies are at their worst and a mild shampoo used one to two times weekly can help as well.

4)    Supplements, like the omega 3 fatty acids found in fish oils, can help skin heal faster.

5)    Antihistamines can be helpful for some pets, but always check with your veterinarian before giving any.  Some pets with specific conditions might be harmed by the drugs.

6)    Strong steroids can help mask the symptoms, but they do little to resolve the underlying problem and have the potential for serious side effects.

7)    Skin testing is the best way to find out what your pet is allergic to and then you and your veterinary team can develop a plan to avoid certain allergens or start a desensitization plan.

8)    Immunotherapy can also be helpful.  This helps the pet develop a tolerance to the specific problem allergens and help relieve symptoms.  HoweverÖit is not a cure and works in about 70-75% of patients.

9)    Allergies donít have to be a problem for you and your pet.  Ask your veterinarian about advice on managing the problem so that you and your pet can get some relief!

10)    For more trustworthy and accurate pet health information, visit www.MyVNN.com or www.PetDocsOnCall.com .