Dermatology & Allergies

Allergy Care and Dermatology for Pet Skin Problems—Relief for Dogs and Cats Who Itch and Scratch

Skin problems are common in dogs and cats, and we know how uncomfortable it can be for them and how frustrating it is for their owners. That’s why we place a special emphasis on pet dermatology, including allergy care and treatment of inflammation and infection. At Pewaukee Veterinary Service, we get to the source of pet skin problems and can provide relief from the following:
• Excessive licking, chewing, biting, and scratching
• Excessive rolling, rubbing, or scooting
• Hair loss and “hot spots”
• Recurring ear problems
• Changes in the skin, like sores or darkened colors
• Skin redness and irritation
• Bacterial and fungal infections
• Body odor

Possible Causes of Skin Problems for Pets

In many cases, a pet’s skin issues are a combination of conditions and diseases, so we take a multimodal approach to diagnosing them. We begin by listening about possible causes—like allergies to pollen, mold, insects, medication, dog shampoo, household cleaners, or food—but also check for fleas and other health concerns. From skin tests and biopsies to bacterial cultures, we do a thorough evaluation to uncover the cause of discomfort, then consider all options for a cure.

Treatment Options for Dogs With Itchy Skin

Once we’ve determined the source of skin disease, we can address symptoms with a number of treatments, including steroids, antibiotics, antihistamines, topical drugs, antifungal drugs, shampoos and rinses, dietary changes or supplements, or surgical removal of masses.

Recent advances in canine allergy medications have given us new options for controlling itching for dogs. Apoquel is one of the newer drugs that works to block allergic itch at the source, regardless of the type of allergy. This pill is not a steroid, antihistamine, or cyclosporine, so it has fewer side effects while offering all-day relief.

We also offer Cytopoint, which is an injectable treatment that helps control itch for up to four to six weeks. It contains an antibody that specifically targets and neutralizes inflammation in nerve receptors that are involved in sending the “itch” signal to the brain.

Special Pet Care Is What We Do Best

If your dog or cat is experiencing skin and allergy problems, or health concerns of any kind, we can help with care ranging from annual wellness exams to the most advanced surgical procedures, geriatric medicine for senior pets, dentistry, and more. For every need and at every age, your pets deserve nothing less than PVS.