Skin Allergies | Glen Iris Vet

‘Tis the season for skin allergies!


Coming out of the colder months and into Spring generally puts a smile on everybody’s face, but it can also be the season for skin allergies for our pets.

With this in mind, we have put together some helpful tips and advice to help you cope with your pet’s itchy skin!

Allergies are a common cause of skin conditions in dogs and cats, and arise from an animal’s differing levels of sensitivity to allergens from common substances like pollen, weeds, dust, mites, trees, mold or grasses.

Unfortunately, allergies can sometimes be difficult to control, which can be frustrating for pet owners. However, there are actions you can take in order to minimise this frustration.



Brushing your pet regularly will ensure that their coat is healthy and prevent matting. It will also allow you to keep an eye out for any skin irritation. Additionally, using natural, hypoallergenic soaps and shampoos at bath time will limit aggravation of your pet’s skin, which may already be sensitive.



Providing your pet with a healthy and balanced diet is very important in order to maintain their overall health, and will directly impact your pet’s skin sensitivity. If you are unsure whether your pet’s diet is up to scratch, we are happy to help you make some changes! Feel free to pop into Glen Iris Veterinary Hospital or ask us any questions on Facebook.



If you are concerned about your pet’s skin health, the best action to take is to make an appointment with your vet. Identifying the allergy, or the underlying cause of your pet’s irritation, is not always simple but examining your pet and having all the physical information can provide a lot of clues. These will ensure that when it comes to your pet’s skin health, we able to make informed decisions and actions.


For more information, please contact us at Glen Iris Veterinary Hospital & Cattery.

We are conveniently in the City of Stonnington and Glen Eira. The pawfect location for pet parents living in Glen Iris, Malvern, Toorak, Kooyong, Armadale and surrounding areas!


Hi, our little 7 year old Martin (8kg) has skin allergies that arose for the first time last summer when we moved into a new house/new area. They have come back as of yesterday, we have a cream for him which worked brilliantly last summer but I’m also wanting know if the food we are giving him is up to scratch. We feed him Optimum (adult all breeds) dry food.

Sun Sep 2016

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