Are Pet Allergies Wreaking Havoc on Your Household?

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Rashes, dandruff and itchy, inflamed skin are just as common in pets as they are in people. If you catch your dog or cat relentlessly scratching at themselves, sneezing, or chewing at their feet, they could have allergies. Our hospital in White Bear Lake has various pet dermatology services available for treating skin conditions and managing allergy symptoms.

There is no cure for dog or cat allergies, but we can offer a variety of treatment options to soothe their itching and help them heal. If your pet's discomfort is keeping them (and you) up at night, we can help you find a solution. 

Our Pet Dermatology Services

At Birch Lake Animal Hospital, we have various diagnostic tools and treatment options that we can utilize for your pet:


  • Skin scraping
  • Cytology samples
  • Allergy blood testing
  • Fungal cultures
  • Bacterial cultures (send out)*


  • Cytopoint – an injectable anti-itch medication
  • Apoquel – an oral anti-itch medication
  • Medicated shampoos
  • Hypoallergenic diet – for food allergies
  • Topical sprays, wipes and salves

*We also partner with a network of board-certified dermatologists to treat more severe or resistant cases.

All of our dermatology products are available through our in-house pharmacy. If we do not carry a certain product that your pet needs, we can order it for you.

Pet Allergy Causes and Symptoms

Pet allergies are quite common and often manifest during certain seasons. They can be caused by flea bite hypersensitivity, pollen, mold, grass, dust mites, food ingredients, and ectoparasites like mange and lice. Pets may also have allergic reactions to certain chemicals kept in the home. Signs your pet may have an allergy include:

  • Constant scratching
  • Biting/chewing/licking at the paws
  • Sneezing
  • Runny eyes and nose
  • Patches of missing fur
  • Red, inflamed skin and ears
  • Hives and bumps on the skin
  • Facial swelling

We Can Help you Find a Solution

Relieve your pet's discomfort and let us help you manage their allergies. Untreated, allergies can result in secondary infections caused by continuous itching and scratching. By attempting to soothe their own discomfort, your pet runs the risk of damaging their skin barrier and leaving that area vulnerable to bacteria. We can provide ongoing treatment to subdue their allergy symptoms and improve healing.

Is your pet’s itching affecting their quality of life? We want to help! Call us today at (651) 426-2246.

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