Managing Cat and Dog Allergies in Hingham, MA

Skin disorders in pets are often caused by allergies, fleas, and fungal infections. If your pet has itchy skin, they’re going to scratch it, and this can create an ongoing cycle of itching and scratching, causing further skin damage. In these situations, it's necessary to treat both the symptoms and the underlying condition responsible. Our veterinarians in Hingham, MA have years of combined experience identifying and treating skin disorders, allergies, and other related issues in dogs and cats.

Relief is not out of your pet’s reach. Ask how we can help!


What Makes Pets Itch?

Pets can be hypersensitive to allergens just like humans can. The most common pet allergens are:

  • Pollen
  • Mold
  • Grass
  • Dust mites
  • Beef, chicken, eggs, fish, and dairy
  • Fleas
  • Fertilizers and lawn treatments
  • Pet and human dander
  • Cleaning products
  • Furniture upholstery

When exposed to one of these allergens, your pet’s immune system may respond by producing histamines, which cause an itchy sensation on the skin (pruritus). An ear infection can also result from allergies, mites, or simply too much moisture in the ear.

How to Tell if Your Pet has a Skin Disorder

If your pet seems to be scratching themselves far beyond what you would consider normal, there may be a problem. Does your pet give off an odor? Are bald spots appearing in their coat? Are they licking and chewing their feet? Do you see any raw, red spots on their skin? Let us know!

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When I dropped the ball and needed a last minute appointment they fitted us in and were so understanding and pleasant to deal with. Enzo has white coat syndrome but deep down loves the team at Old Derby. They are great!

Laurie G.

Is My Pet’s Condition Really an Allergy?

Not all skin disorders can be traced back to an allergy, but most of them are allergy-related. Seasonal allergies, contact dermatitis, and flea allergy dermatitis are conditions we treat regularly. To find out if your pet is suffering from an allergy, we will need to perform a physical exam and run tests to help us make the right diagnosis. With time and patience, we can help you and your pet find the best treatment.