Pet Care Basics

Environmental Allergies in Dogs and Cats

November 29, 2022

 

Environmental Allergies in Dogs and Cats

Last updated: October 8, 2021

Environmental allergies typically occur between the age of one to three years old, and the symptoms in dogs and cats include scratching, licking, watery eyes, and skin problems. Environmental allergies occur because of irritating substances in an animal’s environment. Some common allergens are dust and grass. Pollen is the most common airborne allergy and can travel up to 100 miles.

Topical Treatment

Using a shampoo can help relieve itching and remove scales, bacteria and parasites. Bathing can help keep your pet comfortable by removing environmental allergens. It may also be beneficial to wipe your pet down when he comes inside to remove any pollen on his skin.

You can manage environmental allergies with these products:

    • Micro-Tek Pet Spray provides instant relief for itchy skin and continues to work for over 24 hours.

 

  • Pramoxine Anti-itch spray and shampoo help stop the itch topically. Using Pramoxine Shampoo twice a week gets the pollen off the skin. Pramoxine Spray can be used daily on any area needing extra attention.

Treatment for the Eyes and Ears

Allergens, bacteria and fungus can get stuck in your pet’s ears and eyes. Ear and eye care remove allergens and inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria and fungus, resulting in less itching and irritation.

Treatment from the Inside Out

Omega 3 fatty acids are a great supplement for skin and coat health. They reduce flakiness, itchiness and shedding. Omega 3 also soothes skin inflammation due to scratching and allergies.

    • Doc Roy’s® Derma Coat Plus has Omega 3 & 6 to promote optimal skin health. Derma Coat Plus is designed to help the skin and coat resist allergens while giving a healthy shine to the coat.

 

  • Omegaderm-3 helps correct and prevent dry flaking skin, dry brittle hair, dull coats and scratching due to dry skin.

    Treatment for Bacterial and/or Fungal Infections

    If excessive scratching causes bacterial and/or fungal infection, a combination of antibiotics and antifungals are needed to cure.

      • Antibiotics for skin issues generally start with the Cephalosporin family.

     

     

    The antibiotics and antifungals may be needed for 30 days to eliminate the infection and allow the skin to recover.

    We can’t eliminate allergens but if we keep the allergens off the skin and the resistance to them high, we can live with them!

    If you need help, call us at 800.786.4751.

    -Dr. B
    Donald Bramlage, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Former Director of Veterinary Services at Revival Animal Health

    Donald Bramlage, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, practiced veterinary medicine for 30+ years and is known for his work in managing parvovirus. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University in 1985. He served as Revival’s Director of Veterinary Services from 2011 until his retirement in 2019.

    Itchy pet? Take our Scratch the Itch Quiz to help determine the cause of the itch and irritation.

If you need help, call us at 800.786.4751.