VCA Pahle Animal Hospital

Allergy and Itchy Skin Relief

In the dog, the most common symptom associated with allergies is itching of the skin, either localized (in one area) or generalized (all over the body).  In some cases, the symptoms involve the respiratory system, with coughing, sneezing, and/or wheezing.  Sometimes, there may be runny discharge form eyes or nose.  In other cases, the allergic symptoms affect the digestive system resulting in vomiting and diarrhea.

Unfortunately, allergies are quite common in dogs of all breeds and backgrounds.  Most allergies appear after the pet is six months of age with the majority of affected dogs over age two.

A very large number of substances can act as allergens.  Most are proteins of insect, plant or animal origin, but small chemical molecules known as haptens can also cause allergy.  Examples of common allergens are pollens, mold spores, dust mites, shed skin cells (similar to "pet allergies" in humans), insect proteins such as flea saliva, and some medications.

Treatment depends largely on the length of the specific allergy season.  It may involve one or more of the following therapies:

  1. Treatment with anti-inflammatory drugs
  2. Frequent bathing with a hypoallergenic shampoo
  3. If the specific offending antigens are identified by allergy testing, an allergy injection serum or "allergy shots" can be given to the patient

If you think your pet may have allergies, please give us a call at 414-541-6440!

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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after our normal business hours, please contact:

Wisconsin Veterinary Referral Center (WVRC) at 866-542-3241
Located at 360 Bluemound Road in Waukesha

Lakeshore Veterinary Specialists at 414-761-6333
Located at 2400 W. Ryan Road in Oak Creek

Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals (MECA) at 414-543-7387
Located at 3670 S 108th Street in Greenfield

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