A standard issue with many pets in the Birmingham, Alabama area is allergies and skin conditions related to allergic reactions. Dr. Hankes has many years of experience diagnosing and treating skin conditions in both dogs and cats. There are many reasons for allergic reactions in our furry family members, including food allergies, flea allergy dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, and contact allergens such as grass or pollen.
Treatment of dermatological issues in animals has improved dramatically over recent years, and your pet will be cared for in the safest and most effective manner available in veterinary medicine. In the past, steroids and antihistamines were the only products available for treatment of skin issues in pets. New treatments and medications such as sublingual immunotherapy have made allergic conditions in pets much more manageable and safer to control. Oral sublingual immunotherapy involves placing small amounts of allergens in the mouth of the pet to build up resistance when they encounter this particular substance. Finally, new oral allergy medications now exist for dogs which are extremely safe and effective for both short and long-term use.
If your pet has itching that goes beyond normal scratching, and you notice skin abrasions and hair loss, they may be suffering from allergies. Set an appointment with Dr. Hankes at All Creatures Pet Hospital and put an end to the discomfort associated with skin conditions in your furry family.