Skin Problems Part Two
Hello! I’m Dr. David Roberts from Manchester West Veterinary Hospital in Ellisville and we’re continuing on with our skin issues that we see with dogs.
We talked about some of the earlier things with allergies, ring worm, and thyroid problems and those are things that are actually fixable.
Allergies are actually the one we have a hard time with and we use different things to treat allergic dogs, and when a dog has an allergy, or a cat, but it’s more common in our canine patients, they’re going to have skin issues so we will use drugs like Prednisone.
Prednisone is actually a drug that will create a lot of side effects, so what we look for as veterinarians is we look for things that are more benign and things that can help the pets and start to create less scratching, itching, dermatitis types of problems that we actually will start using is different drugs like antihistamines.
We use hydroxyzines quite a bit. We’ll use this one called Pentoxifylline. We’ll use different medications and try to help these pets with their allergies, but when a pet has an allergy there are three reasons and you can name them.
One of them is fleas. Rarely do we see flea anymore. Luckily, we have so many great products out there that can help with fleas such as Frontline for the canine patient, and we use revolution for the feline patient. But what these products do is they basically prevent fleas. They kill fleas. They don’t allow actually allow our pets to get the flea allergy.
So the two big ones are going to be inhaled allergens just like or I. If I’m breathing in pollens, I have a stuffy nose. If my dog or cat isn’t breathing in those pollens, they’re going to have itchy skin.
And what we did with Cruzer here is we took a blood test and we show that, for ragweed, he ranges a number five. For another ragweed, giant ragweed, he’s a number five. For these various grasses, he’s a number four. Zero is normal and five is the top numbers, so when we saw Cruzer having all of these allergens we did just what a person would do with their child.
We actually ordered a serum that we will use for him injections once a week on Monday mornings and what we do is we go ahead and give him these sort of allergens that are in a serum that desensitize him, and that’s just what we would do with people.
So with inhaled allergens we have to use some type of injectable type medication to try to make sure that he’s getting what he needs and he’s less itchy. He has been great. He has been wonderful with this medication we’ve used it for about four years and what we do is we just come in ,and he’s sitting here aligned very nicely. I simply come in here with a syringe. He knows what’s going on. We grab that and we give him the injection under his skin. What we do is we show our clients, we show them how we do this and we show them how to do it that it’s not a big deal. We use a very small needle and he’s no worse for the wear.
For other things with inhaled allergens, we sometimes can get away with topical medications. Topical medications are basically – this is a shampoo. It’s called Allergroom. It’s a hypo-allergenic shampoo. When we look at other things, we look at products that are – this is Epi-Soothe which has cortisone in it, so it’s like our Prednisone, but our Prednisone, orally, we know has side effects.
So when we look at the big picture when it comes to allergies, what we try to do is we try to say we can maybe maintain with shampoos and with little bits of doses of Prednisone and perhaps antihistamines, but a lot of times we have to go to allergy testing and once we go to that we have a permanent or at least a very efficient type of cure.
So that’s the story on inhaled allergens and again we’re going to come back with some other allergy things such as food and even ear problems and try to give you the whole overview, so if you want to watch the next YouTube I think that would be a good thing to listen to, to make sure the big picture.
I’m Dr. David Roberts from Manchester West Veterinary Hospital and I’ll be back with more things on skin.