Using Pet Dermatology to Control the Itch
Pet allergies manifest most commonly as skin problems. Cats and dogs can be allergic to many of the same things we are including pollens, insects, certain materials, perfumes, as well as food ingredients. At Creekside Animal Clinic we have the experience and the tools to not only treat your pet’s skin condition but manage their allergies, too.
Recognizing an Allergy
Allergies are common to our area, as many of you can probably attest to! These environmental allergens can affect our pets as well. If you notice your pet scratches more often in the spring than in the winter, you could have pet allergies on your hands. Some pets can even have symptoms all year-round if their allergy is tied to something in the home such as dust mites. Others have a food allergy and so could suffer from vomiting, diarrhea or other gastrointestinal upsets as well as itching.
Our Allergy Diagnostics
If your dog or cat presents any allergy symptoms, we’ll first run diagnostic tests as needed to ensure the cause is not an underlying disease or condition. When all other options have been ruled out, we can confidently diagnose an allergy. Keep in mind that for food allergies, your pet will need to go on a hypoallergenic diet for 6-12 weeks. Then, we will gradually add in possible allergens one by one until we discover which one causes their reaction.
Treatments and Management
We aim to not only treat the current allergy symptoms but to control your pet’s allergies for the future so they suffer fewer outbreaks. Common treatments include:
- Apoquel (a tablet that reduces the itch)
- Cytopoint (an immunotherapy injection that alleviates the itch)
- Medicated shampoos
- Topical creams or mousses
- Anti-fungals to treat secondary fungal infections
- Antibiotics to treat secondary infections
“I can’t give Dr. Messner, and the employees who work here, enough praise! Having had a terrible experience with a different vet clinic, my faith in veterinarians had diminished. That was until I came upon Creekside and its wonderful staff. My faith has been restored, and I know my fur babies are receiving the absolute best care when we visit Dr. Messner. She is the best veterinarian, and Creekside is hands-down the best animal clinic around!”
- Kelly Y.
“Will never take our animals anywhere else. Great doctors and staff. I know that when I walk through those doors that my pets are in the most capable and very caring hands. Special thanks to Dr. Cummings. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your compassion and excellent care you always provide to our babies.”
- Sue S.
“I always feel like my Mastiffs and French Bulldogs are in the best hands when Dr. Messner and her crew take care of them!”
- Tina C.
“All our foster dogs have gone to Creekside. The entire staff is friendly and answer all my questions. I would highly recommend Creekside to anyone looking for a place to take their pets.”
- Julie S.
“I can not thank you all enough (especially Carol) for the kindness while having to put down my cat Walter. It wasn't easy for me but your kindness and true compassion made it easier. What a blessing you are to the animal world.”
- Heidi P.
“Very pleased with everyone here, we are newer clients and our dog had what we thought was an injured shoulder on a Saturday, they quickly got us an appointment and were very understanding when she turned out to be fine, just a drama queen. Sorry she's a big faker but I appreciated having my mind eased after numerous cries from her that morning.”
- Jill R.
“The staff and doctor treat you like family. They always take the time to listen to your concerns. They are very caring and know you and your pet by name.”
- Jennifer G.
“This wonderful vet took my baby in right away when his foot was gushing blood and i was a mess! They fixed him up with a smile. This will be our permanent vet from now on. They are very calm and very sweet here! So impressed with Creekside! Not too mention the staff are very nice and the building is very clean! So impressed with everything here!”