Dog and Cat Allergies in Atlanta, GA

Treating Cat & Dog Allergies in Atlanta, GA Relieving the Itch

Vinings, Smyrna, and the greater Atlanta, Georgia, area are full of allergens, especially from spring to fall. Unfortunately, our pets are not spared! They, too, can be allergic to many of the same things we are. Cat and dog allergies cause itchy, irritated skin that drives them to scratch themselves raw. At Paces Ferry Veterinary Clinic, our pet dermatology services help to relieve the itch, so your pet can feel good in their own skin again!

Think your pet has allergies? Let’s find out, so we can get them relief.

...or give us a call at (770) 436-9822.

Cat Allergies in Atlanta, GA

Dog and Cat Allergy Symptoms & Causes

Allergy symptoms for pets often include:

  • Cat or dog scratching excessively
  • Cat over-grooming
  • Red, irritated looking skin
  • Dry, flaky skin
  • Hair loss
  • Frequent ear infections
  • Vomiting/diarrhea, in the case of food allergies
  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose

Pet allergies can be caused by inhalant or contact allergens in the environment, as well as food allergens. Some of the more common allergens include:

  • Pollens from flowers, grasses, trees, etc.
  • Molds
  • Dust and dust mites
  • Insect bites (particularly fleas)
  • Materials like rubber or plastics
  • Household cleaners
  • Perfumes
  • Food ingredients (i.e. beef, poultry, pork, eggs, dairy, etc.)
Dog Allergies in Atlanta, GA

Diagnosing Your Pet's Allergies

Many of the symptoms of allergies are similar to those of other diseases. We’ll run extensive diagnostics in-house including blood work and cytology (skin) tests to rule out an underlying disease or parasites. If all of these tests come back negative, we can safely diagnose allergies. If requested, we can send out a blood sample for an allergy test at a partner lab. A test can tell us exactly what your pet is allergic to so you can know to avoid it. We may also be able to develop an immunotherapy allergy shot which would help desensitize your pet to the allergen. Keep in mind that allergy testing is not effective for identifying food allergies.

Dog with allergies looking at camera with cherry flower on nose

Managing Dog and Cat Allergies

Unfortunately, allergies cannot be cured, only managed. Veterinary medicine has come a long way in dermatology, and we’re now able to offer effective relief for itchy dogs and cats. Some of our management options include:

  • Cytopoint, an injectable for dogs that controls the itch for 4-8 weeks
  • Apoquel, a daily oral tablet for dogs
  • Atopica, a daily oral tablet for dogs and oral solution for cats
  • Medicated shampoos, which help relieve discomfort and remove any allergens from the coat
  • Topical creams to relieve itchiness
  • Antibiotics to treat any secondary bacterial infections in open wounds caused by scratching
  • Antifungal to treat any secondary fungal infections in open wounds caused by scratching
  • Elimination diet to determine the cause of food allergies

Our veterinarians will work with you to develop a personalized allergy management solution for your pet. It may include one or a combination of the above treatments. If you think your pet is suffering from allergies, please contact us today at (770) 436-9822 so we can get them the relief they deserve!