Environmental allergies, what's also called atopic dermatitis, are non-food or non-flea related allergies. For dogs and cats, they can include dust, pollen, grass, mold, mildew, human hair and tobacco.
While allergies can cause a response in your pet's body, such as sneezing, they more commonly cause problems with your pet's skin. If your pet is scratching excessively, chewing, rubbing or licking itself, it may be an environmental allergy.
With the signs of environmental allergies being similar to other skin health problems, it's important to work with your veterinarian to rule out other causes. A skin scraping will help the veterinarian eliminate parasites such as mange as a cause. A skin sample will identify bacteria or yeast as a cause or complicating factor. It is important to keep the bacterial and yeast infections under control as they can make the condition worse
Once it is confirmed as an environmental allergy, your veterinarian may perform a test to determine the relevant allergens.
Signs of environmental allergies:
Types of treatment:
- Topical therapy (baths, wipes)
- Environmental control
- Fatty acids
- Immune modulating agents (hyposensitization shots, immune suppressants)
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