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
There seems to be an increase in marketing and media attention these days on every aspect of our lives, including dog foods. One popular trend we are seeing is grain free foods. What are grains? Are they bad for dogs? And are grain free foods the answer? There are many sources of grains that can be used in foods. Grains are seeds of plants that are used as a source of nutrients. Things like wheat, oats, barley, corn, rye, sorghum, millet, and rice are all considered grains. One reason people think grains may be bad for dogs is allergies. In humans, grain and gluten sensitivity is becoming more noticed, and so many people are wondering if their dogs are also allergic. In truth, only about 10% of dog allergies are to foods, and of these, the majority of the allergens are to beef and dairy. It is estimated that less than 1% of dogs are sensitive to grains. Are grains fillers? Absolutely not! Grains provide a number of nutritional benefits. Grains are easily digested, and are utilized just like other carbohydrate sources. In fact, they can be higher in protein and lower in sugar than alternative carbohydrate sources such as potatoes, which makes them healthier! They also provide healthy fats and antioxidants. Grains […]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.