PREPARE FOR A FLARE!
Even well-controlled allergy patients are expected to have occasional flares of their itching when they are inevitably exposed to suddenly higher levels of some of their triggers (pollen or grass in Spring/Fall, fleas, household cleaners causing contact dermatitis, foods the pet is allergic to, etc).
In this situation, it's important to contact us to see what can be done to decrease the itch quickly. When pets try to relieve the itch themselves by scratching, chewing, licking, or hair-pulling, they cause damage to the skin. That self-inflicted skin damage allows bacteria and yeast to infect the skin, making them even more itchy.
At home, you can help by preventing your pet from doing more damage to their skin through different barrier methods, including sweaters and E-collars (the dreaded ”cone”).
Is your pet itchy? Give us a call as (718)370-0390 to set up an appointment, or request an appointment through our app! Just search “SIVG” in your app store to set up your app account.