Allergies and Skin Problems

Allergies are quite common in dogs of all breeds and backgrounds. They can be a result of food or an inhaled irritant like dust or pollen. Most allergies appear after the pet is six months of age with the majority of affected dogs over age two. The most common symptom associated with allergies is itching of the skin, either localized or generalized. Other symptoms include respiratory distress (e.g. coughing, sneezing, and wheezing) or digestive problems causing vomiting, flatulence or diarrhea.

Flea allergy is the most common allergy in cats. A normal cat experiences only minor skin irritation at the site of the bite. The flea allergic cat, on the other hand, has a severe, itch-producing reaction when the flea’s saliva is deposited in the skin. Just one bite causes such intense itching that the cat may severely scratch or chew itself, leading to hair loss and open sores or scabs on the skin. The area most commonly involved is over the rump or base of the tail.

Symptoms of Pet Skin Allergy
It is important to be able to identify the first signs and symptoms of allergies and dermatological conditions. These include:

  • Scratching, licking, chewing or biting the skin, feet and ears.
  • Red, raised, scaly areas on the skin
  • Bumps, crusts or pus filled vesicles on the skin
  • Increased skin pigmentation
  • Thickened skin
  • Loss of hair
  • Salivary staining (brown color)
  • Head shaking

If your pet exhibits any of these symptoms, please make an appointment to have him or her seen by one of our veterinarians at Critter Doctor Animal Hospital. We will evaluate your pet, determine the most effective method of treatment and explain how you can prevent future problems. If left untreated, allergic reactions and skin conditions can become serious medical concerns.

Arthritis/Pain Management

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a common and painful disease in cats and dogs. OA can cause stiffness, decreased energy, limitations in mobility, and even changes in overall demeanor. While OA is not reversible, early detection and treatment can help your pet live its most comfortable life.

At Critter Doctor we offer diagnostics tools, such as orthopedic exams and radiology, as well as treatment options for pets suffering from OA. Together we will develop, a multimodal plan including weight management, pain management, and supplements that works for you and your pet.

Cancer Screening

Pet parents get mammograms and colonoscopies to help detect cancer early. Now, our dogs have a cancer screening test developed specifically for them. Critter Doctor Animal Hospital is excited to announce we will now be offering OncoK9® liquid biopsy cancer screening for dogs. OncoK9 enables veterinarians to detect cancer in dogs with a simple blood draw. As a first-in-class early detection test, OncoK9 employs next-generation sequencing technology that empowers veterinarians to provide superior care to canine patients. OncoK9 has been designed to detect cancer-associated genomic alterations that are present even in very early-stage cancers. As a result, OncoK9 may detect 30 different types of cancer, while it is still localized to the primary site and can be treated with curative intent. For more information, visit PetDx.com or schedule an appointment today.

Caring for pets and their people.

At Critter Doctor Animal Hospital, expect exceptional care and service for your furry friends.



11828 Slater Ave NE
Kirkland, WA 98034
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Mon-Fri: 8:00am – 6:00pm
Sat: 9:00am – 3:00pm
Sun: Closed

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