My dog is biting and chewing and smells like a dirty tennis shoe! What is going on? The short answer is allergies. Instead of getting itchy, runny eyes, a runny nose and sneezing like we get with allergies, your dog will develop other signs.
These signs will vary with the season and what your dog is allergic to. However, pets that are allergic to house dust mites, food, or other indoor allergens can have trouble year round.
We can diagnose what your pet is allergic to with a blood test that checks both inhalant and food allergens. This will help you with avoidance which is the first step in treatment. Allergy testing will also enable you to desensitize your pet with allergy serum injections or oral medicine.
Other treatments include antihistamines, fatty acid supplements, medicated shampoos, steroids, Apoquel, and Cytopoint. So, if your pet is itching, licking, and smells like an old tennis shoe, give us a call and we will help!