Did you know pets can suffer from allergies just like us? Cat allergies can come from food, but also from seasonal and environmental irritants. When cats are exposed to allergies, they will likely exhibit symptoms through their skin.
The dermatology services at Dalton Animal Care South include treatment of any condition associated with your cat’s skin, hair, ears and nails. By utilizing the most current therapies in pet dermatology and adjusting their diet, we’re able to keep our patients itch-free.
Cat skin conditions can quickly worsen becoming more difficult and costly to treat. Early detection and treatment is key in the fight against cat skin problems. If you’ve noticed red, itchy, dry skin on your pet, many different types of allergies could be the culprit. Your pet may experience allergies from grass, trees, weeds, mold, and pollen, but also dust and storage mites, flea dander, and even the food they eat.
Dander is the number one cause of skin allergies in pets, and it only takes a small fraction of fleas to cause a bigger skin and dander problem. The veterinarians at Dalton Animal Care South can help your cat keep fleas and the dander they produce under control.
Your pet’s food may contain substances he or she is allergic to. We can assess your cat’s diet and recommend prescription food or herbal supplements to eliminate food sensitivities.
Ear infections are one of the most common skin infections in pets. When dander, wax, hair, ear mites, and dry skin from allergies build up to the point of irritation, cats develop otitis. This bacterial or yeast infection is very uncomfortable and can even be painful.
Signs of an ear infection include:
- Frequent head shaking
- Redness and swelling in and around the ear canals
- Pawing and scratching at their ears
- Dark discharge from the ear with a foul odor
- Dry, flaky or scaly skin around their ears
Schedule an appointment with Dalton Animal Care South as you notice any changes in your cat’s grooming behavior, excessive itchiness, or if you notice red, scaly patches on your cat’s skin. Schedule an exam by calling (706) 278-1113.