Allergies are a common complaint in our animals, with up to 15% of dogs suffering from atopic dermatitis. Treatment focuses on diminishing exposure to allergens (special diets, bathes, HEPA filters), treating secondary skin infections, and altering the immune system so it does not react. Antihistamines and steroids are the most common methods of changing the immune response, with immunotherapy injections being another option. However, steroids can be broad spectrum in their effects on the body, so newer medications and modalities are constantly being researched. There are more specific medications available such as Atopica and Apoquel. An even newer approach is Cytopoint. Cytopoint is an injection given every 4-8 weeks. It differs from steroid injections in that it targets specifically itch receptors instead of the immune system at large. Cytopoint is an antibody against a chemical called cytokine IL-31, which is a chemical that triggers the process of sending itch signals to the brain. By targeting this signal, it is able to interrupt the itch cycle before it even starts. Cytopoint is a safe medication as it mimics the dog’s own immune system. It is used and broken down inside of cells into amino acids and peptides. It is not converted into reactive or toxic metabolites in the body. It is not metabolized by […]Learn More
One of the most common issues we see in our pets is allergy issues, and the month of May is dedicated to allergy and asthma awareness. In our pets, 90% of allergies are environmental, versus only about 10% which are due to food. If your pet is experiencing symptoms such as eye discharge, sneezing, chewing on feet, anal gland issues (scooting or licking anal area), thickened skin, recurrent ear infections, skin infections, or overall itching, it may be allergies. An examination by your veterinarian should be performed to determine if it is indeed allergies and then appropriate treatment can be implemented. Cats with allergies can develop wheezing and respiratory issues (allergic bronchitis and asthma). However, breathing issues can also be due to many other illnesses and can be an emergency. Please seek immediate medical attention for your pet if it is having difficulty breathing. Allergies are the immune system over-reacting to things it does not or should not need to. The goal of treatment is to try to decrease the immune response, either by suppressing the immune system and it’s activity, or to decrease the body’s response to the items it is over-reacting to. There are a number of ways we can try to do this. Decrease exposure: Most allergens are through contact […]Learn More
Heritage Animal Hospital is a full-service veterinarian clinic that provides examinations, diagnostic services, dental care, surgical services, medicine, grooming and boarding services in Maple Grove, Minnesota. We are dedicated to providing the highest level of pet care possible and facilitating an environment where client communication and education are at the forefront of our practice.
12624 Base Lake Road
Maple Grove, MN 55369
Mon-Fri: 7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Sat: 7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.