Pet Allergy Treatment
Allergies in pets can be difficult to diagnose, and even more difficult to treat. Understanding what is causing the allergy can be a challenge, but with a good veterinarian, it is entirely possible to stop the symptoms of pet allergies. Below, let's learn more about common allergy signs, common allergens, and how a veterinarian can help.
Signs of Pet Allergies
Depending on the type of allergy, symptoms can take different forms. Most environmental allergies will appear as a skin irritation. Your pet may continuously bite at his or her paws and legs. You may also notice excessive scratching to the same areas, commonly behind the ears. Another common symptom is to see an irritated patch of skin. The skin can be blistered, have a rash, or appear red. In extreme allergy cases, the skin may be rubbed raw, can have a scab formed over the area, or even be actively bleeding. If your pet has reached this stage, it is recommended that you see a veterinarian immediately to prevent infection. Further, environmental allergies can also have signs of congestion. Your pet's nose and eyes can appear watery or your pet my wheeze and sneeze. In food allergies, symptoms usually appear as gastrointestinal distress.
Just like with people, pets can be allergic to environmental allergens. Pets are most commonly impacted in the spring and fall as the seasons change and new plant matter is in the air. Allergens can also appear in the home. Certain perfumes and cleansers can cause your pet to develop allergies. Be particularly careful with scented detergents especially if the detergent is being used to wash your pet's toys or bedding. Smoke can also cause a pet to have allergies. It is also possible for pets to be allergic to certain foods and treats.
How a Vet Can Help with Allergies
Visiting a veterinarian can help clear up pet allergies. Your vet will first take a simple skin sample to look at under a microscope. This will help rule out parasites or bacterial infection. From there, your veterinarian may gather information from you, the owner, to understand what makes the allergies worse or triggers the allergies to appear. Many allergies can be cleared up with simple, once a day medication in the form of an oral pill. These allergy medications are available by prescription and work to treat a range of allergies.
Call El Paso Animal Hospital Today!
The team at El Paso Animal Hospital is caring, dedicated, and professional. We are well versed in the various challenges related to animal allergies and are here to help improve your pet's quality of life. Our office is easy to find, located at 841 N. Buckner St., Derby, KS 67037. To learn more about how we can help your pet's allergies, or to schedule an appointment with our knowledgeable team, call us today at (316) 788-1000.