PETS CAN DEVELOP ALLERGIES, TOO!
It's true, our pets can develop allergies just like we can. Some of them will have similar symptoms, like sneezing and runny eyes, but more commonly, pets develop allergic skin disease, where they become very itchy, lose hair, and often get skin infections. Another symptom seen with allergies in pets is stomach/intestinal upset caused by a food allergy or sensitivity.
Allergic skin disease in animals can be a very frustrating condition to figure out, because there's no single test that will diagnose it...it takes many different tests and a lot of time and work, both for you and your veterinarian. And once the diagnosis has been made, it can also be a challenge to find the best treatment, or treatments, as most animals need multiple different tools to help them.
How can acupuncture and laser help with skin allergies?
Laser treatment can help reduce the redness or inflammation of the skin, and there are specific acupuncture points that help reduce inflammation, improve the body's immune function to heal faster, and make the individual feel better.
With additional training and continuing education in allergic disease in animals, I can help you decide on the next steps in solving your pet's itchy skin. There's no easy answer, and this is typically a life-long problem for our pets. Sometimes, we have to try different treatments until we find the best combination for YOUR pet's condition, so be patient and always ask questions, I'm here to help!
Immunotherapy or hyposensitization is available in two froms- an injection given beneath the skin, or as an oral solution given directly into the mouth (sublingual immunotherapy). Injection immunotherapy has been used successfully in animals and people for decades. Sublingual immunotherapy has also been used very effectively in people for many years, but only recently has it been introduced into the veterinary field, with great success, similar to that of injections, but without having to give your pet a shot! For more information on sublingual immunotherapy, see this recent article from NPR: