Treatment for allergies and other skin conditions vary widely, based on the underlying cause as well as each animals unique needs and lifestyle. Each treatment plan is specific to the individual pet and may include topical and/or oral prescriptions, supplement/diet changes, desensitization to an allergen, or any combination of these. Sometimes, simple changes at home, such as routine medicated baths, can alleviate the problem.
Allergies and other skin conditions are best controlled by prevention rather than multiple treatments. Allergies (hypersensitivity) are an increased stimulation of the immune system. Historically, long acting steroid shots were used with much success and a quick response. However, this treatment is not the first choice for control or comfort since side effects and permanent changes may occur. We now have many new forms of treatment which pose less risk for your pet. For example, a change in your pet’s diet can prevent many dietary allergies. If your pet’s allergy is environmental, removal of dust and parasites may alleviate the cause. Often, just making a few small modifications to your pet’s environment can reduce and even eliminate problems they are experiencing.