159 River Street, Rutland, VT 05701
Monday 8:00 a.m.—7:00 p.m.
Tuesday 8:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 8:00 a.m.—7:00 p.m.
Thursday 8:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m.
185 Main Street, Ludlow, VT 05149
Monday 9:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m.
Tuesday 8:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m.
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We Have Changed Our Name
We have changed our name to include our dental services. Did you know that most dogs and cats over the age of 4 have some form of gum disease? Here at Riverside Veterinary Care, we offer cleaning, scaling, digital x-rays and extractions. We are the only practice in the Rutland area with the ability to perform dental x-rays. Annual professional cleanings, combined wtih an at-home regimen, can help maintain your pet's oral health.
Why Is My Pet Itching?
All pets occasionally scratch and bite at their skin. However, excessive and persistent scratching, licking, biting or hair loss may be signs of allergic skin disease. Just like people, dogs and cats can develop allergic reactions to a variety of agents. Understanding the types of allergies that occur in dogs and cats can help an owner to seek prompt veterinary care and relief for their pet.
What is allergic skin disease? Allergies are one of the most common causes of skin problems in dogs and cats. Allergic skin disease (also call allergic dermatitis) occurs when a pet's immune system overreacts to a particular substance (antigen), resulting in a prolonged and chronic inflammatory response. The most common antigens that are responsible for allergic dermatitis in dogs and cats are inhaled allergens such as pollen's, mites and molds (atopic dermatitis), contact allergies, fleas (flea allergy dermatitis) and food proteins. The signs of allergic skin disease are initiated by intense and prolonged pruritus (itchiness) that the dog or cat experiences upon exposure to the offending antigen.
Although pets may be allergic to a wide variety of substances, the general signs of allergic dermatitis are common to all types. These include:
Diagnosis can be difficult because of the many possible causes of dermatitis. Veterinarians us the pets medical history, the pattern and frequency of the pruritus, and the elimination of other potential causes during diagnosis.
Atopic Dermatitis- Atopic dermatitis is an extremely common type of allergic dermatitis seen in dogs and cats. It is caused by an allergic reaction to pollen's, grasses, dust mites and molds and usually develops within the first two years of life. Owners often report that their pet self-grooms obsessively, often on the paws and abdomen, and may persistently rub the face and ears along carpets and furniture. Otitis externa (inflammation of the outer ear) is also common in dogs with atopic dermatitis. The ears are red and inflamed and may feel hot to the touch. The pattern of discomfort often, but not always, follows the seasonal pattern of the pollen's or molds that are common to the region. When atopy becomes severe, a pet may be affected year-round.
Contact Allergens- Contact allergies are less common than atopic dermatitis, but may be easier to manage when they do occur. This type of skin disease occurs when the pet has an allergic response to direct contact with an offending substance. The most common contact allergens are soaps or shampoos, insecticides, certain types of carpet fiber, and some pollen's and grasses. In cats, contact allergies can develop in reaction to components found in some brands of cat litter. Because pets with contact dermatitis usually develop signs immediately after they are exposed to the antigen, in is often possible to quickly identify the causative agent. The most effective actions are to eliminate the antigen from the pet's environment and call your veterinarian.
Flea Allergy Dermatitis (FAD)- Flea bite allergy occurs when a dog or cat reacts to components found in the flea's mouth when the flea bites. Because this is a hypersensitive reaction, the bite of just a single flea can cause intense itching and discomfort all over the body, not just in the area of the bite. Eliminating fleas from the pet's environment is important, and your veterinarian can help you learn the best way to treat and manage FAD.
Food Allergies- Of the various causes of allergic dermatitis, food allergy accounts for a small percentage of the allergies observed in dogs and cats. Food allergy occurs when a pet develops a hypersensitivity reaction to one or more proteins in the diet. This type of allergy can cause both skin reactions and gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea or vomiting. An allergy to a food component can develop at any time, even in pets that have been consuming the same food for months or years. This feature, plus the fact that presenting signs are similar to those of other types of allergies, can make food allergies difficult to diagnose. In cases of suspected food allergy, diet elimination trials can be used to discover the dietary component that is responsible.
Although there is no "cure" for allergic dermatitis, preventing exposure to triggering antigens and controlling signs in affected pets can often manage allergies successfully. Consult with your veterinarian to determine the right therapeutic approach for your pet's allergies.