Has your Dog or Cat got an itch that you can’t control? Or an upset tummy that keeps coming back?
With the summer here, we are finding we are seeing more itchy dogs. There can be lots of causes for the itch such as –
- Environmental allergies: Dust mites, household products and mould spores.
- Pollens, different grasses, plants and trees
- Ingested allergies from foods: Wheat, Soy, Corn, Egg and flavours (Chicken, Beef, Pork etc).
- A few of the most common symptoms of dog allergies are: shaking of the head, anal itching, ear inflammation, licking or biting the front paws.
- Recurrent ear infections, even just one sided, are commonly the result of a allergies.
If your four legged friend is biting, scratching, licking excessively, or is suffering from bouts of diarrhoea, vomiting or flatulence, we can help!
June is our ‘Allergy Awareness Month’ come and talk to us, to see if it’s appropriate for us to take a simple blood test, which we send off to our laboratory and test against all different allergies, to help work out a treatment plan specific to your dogs individual needs.
‘Harvey’ had a desensitisation course of injections after tests revealed he was allergic to dust mites, his ears have been much better for over a year.
‘Bruno’ also was also tested, which revealed the cause of his ongoing ear infections, were in fact caused by a food allergy – since changing diets, he has had no further ear problems.
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Cats also suffer from similar allergies to dogs and can become quite distressed with obscessive licking and bald sore skin developing and secondary skin infections often being the presenting sign. Often it is ears, facial or feet lesions which present the most but any part of the body can become the lick focus. We will treat the infection while also trying to deal with the underlying allergen issue. Carrying out allergen testing can help direct treatment or avoidance of allergens. Food may be a major underlying allergen or other environmental causes.
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Avacta Sensitest laboratory are offering discounted allergy testing for 1 month from Pet Allergy week onwards June 11th till July 13th which would involve a blood sample being taken and sending for the appropriate profile being tested a full consultation to discuss the issue is worthwhile.
Please call to book an appointment with one of our vets, if you wish to discuss allergies and testing