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Posted on 08-10-2017
A pet allergic reaction can be scary for you and your pet. Learn common symptoms of allergies in pets and how our vet at Park Hills Animal Hospital can help.
If your pet has allergies, he or she may be scratching or biting their fur due to excessive itching. Your pet's skin may be red and raw, they may have hot spots, or they may be missing fur.
Some pets experience wheezing and coughing, while others snore due to inflammation of the throat.
Your pet may also experience runny, watery eyes, frequent ear infections, vomiting, or diarrhea.
These symptoms suggest that your pet has an allergy, but they may also give you clues what's causing the problems. For instance, vomiting and diarrhea are common symptoms that show up with a food allergy while skin itching may suggest an environmental or chemical allergy.
If your pet has a food allergy, we will help you introduce an elimination diet to cleanse their system of inflammation. We'll then walk you through how to reintroduce potential allergens to determine what's causing your pet's allergies.
For environmental allergens, we may try a skin test or blood test. This can help us figure out what's causing the allergies, so we can develop a plan to eliminate symptoms. By changing your pet's routine, you can avoid triggering an allergic reaction. For instance, dust allergies in pets are commonly controlled by washing your pet's bedding, vacuuming your house several times a week, or using an air filter.
It may take a few visits to our veterinary clinic to get your pet's allergies fully under control. However, our team is here to help you figure out the problem and determine an effective solution so your pet is able to enjoy a high quality of life.
Would you like to visit our Park Hills, KY veterinarian for allergy treatment, or for anything else? We are accepting new patients now. Reserve your pet's appointment by calling our vet clinic at 859-581-5200.
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