Dermatology: Treating Cat & Dog Allergies

Cat and dog allergies are just as common as human allergies, but their symptoms manifest differently. While runny eyes and sneezing can occur with our pets, itchy skin is a recurrent symptom of allergies in pets. Furthermore, our skin can protect us from various diseases, but if that barrier is damaged, our health can be affected. When your pet continually scratches at an itch, they wear down the skin barrier, which can make them vulnerable to infection.

At Coyne Veterinary Center in Crown Point, we use the most up-to-date diagnostics and treatments to address and alleviate a variety of skin-related problems. Issues on the surface can eventually affect your pet internally, so it helps to be proactive. Visit us right away if your pet has itchiness, flakiness, inflammation, build-up, discharge or any other unusual signs indicating a problem with their skin.

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Skin Conditions Our Pets Can Experience

Knowing the exact condition that is ailing your pet is the key to treating it effectively. Issues we commonly see in pets include:

  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Allergies (food allergies, contact dermatitis, atopy)
  • Demodectic mange
  • Flea allergy dermatitis
  • Lick granulomas
  • Hot spots
  • Ear mites
  • Sarcoptic mange
  • Ringworm
  • Seborrhea
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Available Dermatology Tests & Treatments

Different conditions call for different treatments. Once we fully understand your pet's problem through expert analysis and/or diagnostic testing, we then prescribe the best treatments.

To diagnose a skin condition, we may use the following diagnostics:

  • Allergy testing
  • Skin biopsy
  • Cytology
  • Fungal culture
  • Skin scraping
  • Food elimination trials

Some of our treatment options include:

  • Cytopoint - an injectable anti-itch medication
  • Apoquel or Atopica - oral anti-itch medications
  • Antibiotics to treat secondary infections
  • Medicated shampoos and conditioners
  • Topical medications
  • Hypoallergenic diet


Your pet may have an allergy if they're exhibiting these behaviors and symptoms:

  • Excessive scratching and licking
  • Chewing and licking at the feet
  • Red and inflamed skin
  • Dandruff
  • Bumps on the skin
  • Scaly, hairless patches on the skin
  • Lesions, scabs, and/or infections

Other symptoms of possible skin conditions, including allergies, are discharge from the eyes and nose, and ears giving off an unpleasant odor. To find out if your pet needs dermatological care from our team, call (219) 267-1700 or walk in for an appointment. We look forward to giving your pet much-deserved relief.