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We Relieve Symptoms, Treat The “Source,” and Prevent Complications of Canine Allergic Skin Diseases
Posted by Dr. Jose Arambulo
Allergies are the bane of many a pet owner’s existence. They can also wreak havoc on your dog’s skin, hair, and overall quality of life. Allergies are among the most prevalent sources of canine skin problems. As with members of our human household, dogs can be affected by various allergens or triggers. Dr. Jose Arambulo and the team at Bloomfield Animal Hospital in Lakewood, California, pinpoint the source of your dog’s persistent itch. We can then pull from various dermatology services, products, medications, and lifestyle recommendations to provide relief and avoid complications such as secondary infections.
“Atopy” refers to an allergy or hypersensitivity reaction that arises when you or your dog come in contact with an irritating substance (allergen). Our clients should watch for both the “classic” itchy, red rash as well as potentially overlooked trouble signs like:
Frequent ear infections
Scaling or sloughing of the skin
Mange-like symptoms, such as yellow crusting, hair loss, and thickened areas
Without proper treatment, our canine patients can traumatize their skin. They may scratch and bite at the skin so intensely, for a moment of relief, that they hurt themselves. The itching and accompanying discomfort and symptoms may be so extreme that they no longer sleep. They may lose interest in eating. Untreated allergic or atopic skin diseases can also provide a fertile breeding ground for bacteria and fungi and the development of secondary infections.
Real Relief with Professional Care
We at Bloomfield Animal Hospital have a range of diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities and tools to get to the source of your dog’s pain and other debilitating symptoms. Some of the most common canine allergies:
Household environmental sources
Outdoor environmental substances, from pollens to grasses
Fleas among dogs who are sensitive to the flea’s saliva (introduced as fleas feed)
Our team may recommend medications that address immune system activity and inflammation depending on what we find upon your dog’s evaluation. Topical products can also be recommended to provide symptom relief and address the source. Flea medications and medicated shampoos may be in your dog’s future. Environmental avoidance and other changes, from daily brushing to introducing a humidifier, can help reduce the severity and frequency of allergic reactions. We’ll also want to get your dog on a schedule of flea preventives. Lastly, food allergies can be tricky. Bloomfield Animal Hospital knows the right balance of proteins necessary for your pet’s sustained health. If food allergies are suspected, we provide guidance tailored to your dog–just as we do with the other types of allergens listed here.
Get your pooch back to its playful self! Call us at 562 383-7788 to schedule an appointment at our Lakewood, California, clinic today.
Bloomfield Animal Hospital is a trusted name in pets’ preventive, medical, surgical, and emergency care in Lakewood, CA. With a 30-year history as a family-owned pet clinic, it’s reputed for providing modern services in a warm, friendly environment. It’s one of the few veterinary hospitals to be AAHA-accredited.
Dr. Jose Arambulo, owner and chief veterinarian is experienced in treating eye, ear, and skin disorders and is especially interested in internal medicine, dentistry and soft tissue surgery. The hospital also utilizes the services of board-certified veterinarians, Dr. Ann Reed – Radiologist, and Dr. Fred Brewer – Cardiologist.
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