Recurrent skin and ear infections, and itchiness (scratching, biting, chewing, licking) are very common signs of environmental allergies in both dogs and cats. These are very different than the symptoms humans experience with allergies - sneezing, congestion, and runny noses.
There are many medications that can be used to alleviate the symptoms of allergies in dogs and cats such as Apoquel, Cytopoint, and steroids. Although, these medications are effective it is important to remember that these medications are just “band-aids” and do nothing to treat the underlying cause. Our dermatologist as well as the American College of Veterinary Dermatology recommends intradermal (skin) allergy testing to pin-point which environmental allergies are causing a problem and then develop allergen specific immunotherapy (allergy vaccine) to treat.
At Veterinary Referral Center of Central Oregon we have over fifty allergens specific to central Oregon that we use to test for. This allows us to make a tailored made immunotherapy protocol for your pet.