Allergic skin disease develops when the immune system reacts to otherwise harmless substances in an aberrant way. A very complex chain of events occurs which results in the immune system producing immunoglobulins such as allergen-specific IgE and other chemical messengers called cytokines that can lead to the allergic symptoms of itching and skin inflammation.
Management of allergic skin disease in dogs and cats accounts for a large part of a veterinary dermatologist’s work, the three main allergic diseases that we see in pets are flea allergy, atopy and food allergy.
The correct diagnosis of the allergy that is affecting your pet is absolutely essential. The wrong diagnosis could result in inappropriate treatment for the rest of your pet’s life, wasting your money and putting your pet at risk of developing drug-related diseases.
With this in mind, it’s vital that other causes of your pet’s dermatitis, skin irritation or otitis are eliminated and dealt with before making a diagnosis of an allergy. Diseases which can mimic allergic skin disease in dogs and cats can range from parasitic infestations such as scabies to primary yeast infections and some autoimmune skin diseases.
There is no ‘one size fits all’ for some allergies so we endeavour to offer treatment that suits your pet’s size and its particular allergy and your resources.
We’ve created three detailed and informative pages relating to atopy, food allergy and flea allergy so you can understand more about them and their treatment.
These pages will help you to recognise symptoms of common allergies in our pets and covers the various diagnostic tests that are done and the numerous treatments available to manage these conditions effectively and what things you should be wary of while your pet receives treatment.
Food Allergy in Cat
Chronic Food Allergy