Allergies cause problems for dogs just as they do for humans. Treatment depends on the severity of the allergy, but we generally focus on managing unwanted symptoms as much as possible. Fortunately, there are several ways to control allergies and make your dog feel more comfortable.
Below, Dr. Hunter Finn describes the benefits of Cytopoint, antihistamines, immunotherapy, and food trials. Schedule a virtual care appointment with our veterinarian in McKinney, TX to determine which approach is best for your pup. Our professionals at Pet Method understand the importance of safe and effective symptom relief.
Cytopoint is an injectable medication used to treat atopic dermatitis in dogs. It is designed to counteract the proteins responsible for the itching, scratching, and discomfort associated with allergies. Cytopoint helps reduce flare-ups and provides long-lasting relief without unwanted side effects.
Just one injection can control an allergic itch for 4 – 8 weeks before needing to be repeated at Pet Method. Cytopoint is safe for dogs of any age and can be an effective option for those with severe allergies.
Antihistamines are another popular choice for the control of dog allergies. Products like BENADRYL® and ZYRTEC® work by blocking histamine receptors in the body, reducing inflammation and itching on a short-term basis.
Not all antihistamine products are safe for dogs, so consult with Dr. Finn before giving your pup any over-the-counter medication. Our veterinarian in McKinney, TX can determine the appropriate dosage to minimize potential complications. Side effects are uncommon but may include drowsiness or upset stomach.
Some benefits of antihistamines include:
- Easy to administer
- Quick symptom relief
- Relatively inexpensive solution
- Can be taken with other medications
Immunotherapy treats allergies by exposing your dogs to increasing amounts of the allergen (such as pollens, dust, mold, and mites). This helps build up immunity and reduce symptoms over time. The process is typically done in a series of injections with follow-up visits to check for improvements and adjust the dosage as needed.
Immunotherapy at Pet Method is relatively safe but can cause allergic reactions, so Dr. Finn must monitor your pup throughout this process. It may take several months of consistent treatment sessions to see noticeable results.
Many dog allergies are caused by food, even if the food is normally safe for canines. A food trial is a process where we eliminate certain foods from your dog’s diet and reintroduce them slowly, one at a time to determine which ingredients are causing the reaction. A food trial does require some time and dedication, so pet parents must be willing to stick with it for a few months to get reliable results.
We understand the importance of a balanced diet, so Dr. Finn can discuss your options in full to ensure your pup gets the nutrition they need. We may also recommend nutritional supplements if necessary to prevent deficiencies.
Providing relief from allergy symptoms
A dog allergy can cause a lot of discomfort and frustration. Thankfully, Pet Method does offer many effective treatment options so your dog can feel better. Schedule a virtual care appointment with our veterinarian in McKinney, TX to determine the best approach. Dr. Hunter Finn looks forward to helping your pup live a happy and healthy life.
Dog allergies can make your pup feel uncomfortable. Learn about safe, effective options like Cytopoint® from our trained veterinarian in McKinney.