Pet Columns

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When Your Dog Is Always Itchy

Apr 26, 2016 / Dermatology / Cats / Dogs

We may not ‘cure’ allergies, but we can manage them A lot of things can make a dog itchy: fleas, mites, skin infections, and food allergies, to name a few. Dr. Jason Pieper, a boarded veterinary dermatologist at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana, says, “After veterinarians rule out all other causes...

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Itchy Pets May Have Flea Allergy

Jul 20, 2015 / Dermatology / Parasites / Cats / Dogs

Many pets are allergic to the saliva of the adult flea Most pet owners know that dogs and cats should be treated regularly with medication to prevent an infestation of fleas, but they may not realize that even a pet receiving a flea preventive can be bitten by an adult flea and develop an allergic...

Pets Have Allergies Too

Aug 7, 2014 / Dermatology / Cats / Dogs

Most allergic reactions in pets manifest as a problem in the skin. Just like people, pets may be afflicted with allergies. According to Dr. Gary Brummet, a primary care veterinarian at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at the University of Illinois in Urbana, pets’ allergies most commonly arise from environmental allergens, such as pollen, mold spores,...

Dogs’ Itchiness May Indicate Atopic Dermatitis

Oct 28, 2013 / Dermatology / Dogs

Between 10 percent and 15 percent of the dog population has atopic dermatitis Like people, pets suffer from allergies. Sometimes, these allergies are triggered by items commonly found in the pets’ environment, such as pollens, mold, house dust, kapok (used as filling in pillows and cushions), sawdust, human dander, and feathers, just to name a...