Integrative Animal Hospital of Central Florida

Allergies In Pets

Allergies In Pets

Just like people, dogs and cats are prone to allergies, which can make both you and your pet miserable due to excessive itching and scratching, chronic skin and ear infections, and other unpleasant symptoms. The most common causes of these chronic symptoms are allergies and external parasites.

The major types of pet allergies are food allergy, flea hypersensitivity (a response to flea saliva), and atopic dermatitis. With a food allergy, pets can develop hypersensitivity to specific components of the diet. Atopic dermatitis is an inherited predisposition to allergies associated with pollens, house dust mites or mold spores. Special allergy testing may be required if your pet suffers from atopic dermatitis.  External parasites such as fleas, lice, or mites, often cause skin problems in pets.

We will work closely with you to diagnose, treat and monitor any skin, ear, nail or foot problem your pet may have. We have many treatments that can help or eliminate the cause of your pet’s allergies and skin problems, which in turn alleviate scratching, licking, infections, and other symptoms.

If your dog or cat is exhibiting any of the above symptoms and you suspect your pet may have an allergy or infection, please give us a call at 407-833-8868.