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Main Street Pet Care- Pet Allergies- March 25, 2014

Dr. Ben Leavens discusses the signs and possible causes of pet allergies along with treatment options.
Springtime and Allergies in Dogs and Cats.

Allergies are exciting because of the newer developments in that field. 
  • Dogs and cats can have seasonal allergies just like people.

  • One of the most common problems we deal with.

  • Disease related to allergies take up the top three claim areas for veterinary
    insurance.


  • Other things must be ruled out (food allergy, flea allergy, parasites, infections,
    cancer, etc).


  • Proper diagnosis is essential, all allergies have a similar outward
    appearance.


  • Manifestations are itchy, infected skin, feet, and ear infections.

  • Most common cause of ear infections.

  • Often, symptoms are extremely severe before the pet is brought into the
    clinic.


  • There are often secondary infections that must be treated in order for the itching to
    resolve. 


  • If these problems are not treated, the itching will not go away.  Treatment of
    infections can be very extensive.


  • There are several newer treatments available that are exciting.

  • They are much safer than traditional treatments.

  • Cyclosporine is effective, safer than steroids, but very expensive.

  • Desensitization is now available without intradermal testing.  It can be done by injection, or
    now by using drops under the tongue.


  • Brand new product for dogs, Apoquel, that is revolutionary is now available in limited
    supply, and will be fully available in June. 


  • Don't let your pet suffer, get help today.  It is less expensive, safer and more
    effective than at any time in the history of veterinary medicine.

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