Does your pets scratch excessively, or gnaw their feet after being outside? Or maybe your furry animals has diarrhea every time they eat? A pet allergy can present itself in many ways, so it is important to recognize the symptoms and type of allergy your pets are experiencing. At Pleasant View Veterinary Clinic, with locations in Lewistown and Mifflintown, our vets can help ease your pets’ allergy symptoms.
Common Allergies and Symptoms in Pets
- Environmental: Grass, trees, weeds, dust mites, mold, and pollen are the usual culprits for seasonal allergies. A few indictors of an allergy include itchy, red skin, hives, rash, hair loss, skin infections. Some environmental allergies can also create watery, puffy eyes, runny nose, sneezing, or coughing. Cats are more likely to have these types of reactions and can often develop asthma. This can be accompanied by wheezing and labored breathing.
- Fleas: Many pets are allergic to the saliva in fleas. Itchiness at the bite area can occur, causing dogs and cats to excessively bite, scratch, and lick at the area. If not treated right away, sores can develop.
- Food: A hypersensitivity to certain foods can create a food allergy. Food allergies can manifest as rash, hives, respiratory distress, or gastrointestinal issues.
- Contact: Certain shampoos, detergents, soaps, and other household items can adversely affect your pet. The most prevalent sign of contact allergy is itching and redness. Self-imposed wounds are generally the complication from this allergen.
Ways to Treat Allergies
In order to minimize the symptoms of a pet allergy, medications may be needed. Our vets will first examine your pets, head to tail. After finding the probable cause of the allergen, treatment will be administered.
Antihistamines or corticosteroids can help control the symptoms, while formulated shampoos or topical methods can reduce the scratching and itchiness. Sometimes allergen shots are needed to help reduce repeated occurrence. With food allergies, changing a pet’s diet can often help with its gastrointestinal symptoms.
For Pet Allergy Relief, Contact Us Today!
Suffering from allergies are never fun. Have our doctors ease your pets’ symptoms. Give Pleasant View Veterinary Clinic a call today to schedule an appointment, or to find out more information about allergy relief in pets. For our Lewistown clinic, call us at (717) 248-4703. For our Mifflintown clinic, call us at 717-436-9790.