Allergy Overview

There are four types of allergies in the dog and cat:

1.       Food allergy

2.       Insect Allergy

3.       Environmental Allergy (pollens, dust, etc…)

4.       Contact allergy

These different types of allergies can manifest in skin rashes and itch (scratching, biting, chewing, licking).  Determining which allergy your pet has, can be difficult since the above allergies look very similar.  Our dermatologist relies heavily on your pet’s history and physical examination to determine the most likely cause.  For many patients a tailored process of elimination will be necessary to make the diagnosis and provide the best treatment.  Our ultimate goal is to identify the allergen and discontinue anti-itch medications such as prednisone, Apoquel, and Cytopoint which have long term side effects.

For more information about environmental allergy testing please click here.