The Circle of Life Animal Hospital team enjoys being able to help pets that suffer from chronic skin and ear allergies/infections. It is so rewarding to be able to help a pet with seasonal or year-long allergies receive relief from its itching, chewing, scratching, and infections. And remember, chronic pet allergies can also show up as chronic ear infections (ones that keep returning!) If these symptoms describe your pet, we can help make them feel better!
It is very frustrating for pet owners to treat their pet’s allergies only to have them return again once their pet is finished with the medication! Understanding that there is first a “treatment phase” and then a “maintenance phase” is crucial in keeping your pet’s allergies under control. That’s right….control! Because no matter what is causing the pet allergies, there will be some sort of “maintenance” that needs to continue for the length of your pet’s life in order to keep the allergies under control so they show no signs of itching, chewing, and scratching. That maintenance can be as easy as changing to a hypoallergenic diet if your pet has a food allergy. But, again, you would need to feed that food for life as maintenance or your pet’s allergy signs would return! Environmental pet allergies are a little more involved since we cannot put our pets into a “bubble” when they go outside…..they are constantly coming into contact with their environmental allergen every time they go outside (when that allergen is blooming).
So how do we go about deciding the treatment and maintenance phases for your pet’s allergies? First, and probably most important, we discuss with you the history of your pet’s clinical signs of itching, chewing and scratching.
It is amazing how much vital information we can get from the pet owner even before we do our exam. Listening to YOU helps us see the small differences between your pet’s allergies and another pet’s allergies. After the initial “nose to tail” exam, we will discuss the results of that exam and what skin or ear diagnostics are necessary to decide on the treatment phase.
In this phase, the following issues are addressed:
Once it is determined that your pet’s skin/ear issues and itching are completely resolved, then maintenance phase starts. This phase is a gradual reduction of the medications to determine what you as the pet owner must do on a regular basis to keep your pet’s allergies and clinical signs under control (so we stop that vicious cycle of using medications; then finishing, then the itching and infection returns!)
Maintenance phase consists of:
I think you can see that these this treatment and maintenance phases are highly individualized and how important it is to work together as a team to help decide these regimens for your pet. Together we can find the best maintenance plan for YOUR pet. Our goal is a happy, healthy pet with no skin lesions, no scratching or itching, and no smell! This also makes for a very happy owner!
If your pet suffers from scratching, itching or chewing, make your pet allergy consultation today and let’s control those clinical signs for good.