There are a number of medications and supplements that can be helpful in reducing skin inflammation.
In mild cases, anti-histamine medication such as hydroxyzine or cetirizine is an excellent and safe choice for controlling allergies, and can be used for the long term without side-effect or danger.
In moderate to severe cases, your vet may recommend medication such as Apoquel (a tablet) or Cytopoint (a monthly injection) to help relieve itching and scratching.
In rare cases, cortisone-based tablets such as Prednil are required to control allergic flare-ups. These tablets are also safe if used correctly, but should only be maintained for short periods as needed, and in many cases have been replaced with more modern medications.
Of course before starting any medication you should discuss your pet’s condition with your veterinarian, not all medications are suitable for all pets and conditions and your vet will help you to determine the best treatment.
However, it’s also very important to not rely overly on medication.
f you would like further information on skin allergy causes, treatment and management please let us know. It can’t be fun to be a constantly itchy and irritated dog or cat, and we’re happy to discuss and help to formulate an all-over strategy for managing skin irritation.