Understanding Pet Allergies
Dogs and cats can suffer from a variety of allergic reactions, just like humans. That's why it's essential to contact our team at Hardin Animal Hospital in Stockton for an appointment if you notice any signs of an allergic reaction. However, we can also diagnose pet allergies before a reaction occurs during an annual veterinary exam.
Types of Pet Allergies
Pets can suffer from a variety of allergies, including:
The most common allergy in pets is flea bite dermatitis. This is a condition where a pet becomes hypersensitive to antigens present in flea saliva. Symptoms include intense irritation and itching, redness and inflammation, hair loss, sores, and scabbing.
When the immune system becomes hypersensitive to a compound found in a certain food, food allergies are to blame. Just like people, pets can suffer from food allergies as well. It can develop at any age and includes symptoms such as rash, hives, and itching. You may also notice your pet experiences excessive vomiting and diarrhea.
Environmental allergies are also considered seasonal allergies. Common allergens are dust mites, mildew, mold, weed, grass, and trees. Your pet may display signs such as excessive licking, biting, hair loss, inflamed ears, ear infections, sneezing, coughing, runny nose, and watery eyes when suffering from environmental allergies.
Diagnosis and Treatment
Whether your pet has a food or environmental allergy, finding the source of the cause for symptoms is essential. Our vet will conduct tests to aid in pinpointing the substance that causes your pet to suffer. From there, we can administer the appropriate medication to alleviate symptoms. This medication also works as a preventative measure. However, before these tasks are taken, our veterinarian needs to fully evaluate your pet's health. Your pet may have a medical condition that causes it to suffer from the same symptoms as an allergy. In this case, appropriate treatment is provided. Our veterinarian is also available to provide emergency checkups if your pet suffers from a severe allergic reaction.
The best way to treat pet allergies is by preventing exposure to the allergens. Our vet may be able to prescribe antihistamines or corticosteroids to help control symptoms. There are also specially designed shampoos and other topical creams to help with scratching and itchiness. In addition, allergy shots are available to help desensitize your pet to a specific allergen.
Contact Us for Allergy Treatment from Our Veterinarian in Stockton, CA
For allergy testing and treatment, give us a call here at Hardin Animal Hospital to schedule an appointment. We are dedicated to providing pets the care they need to continue living healthy and pain-free lives. Visit us for your pet's next assessment, or contact us to learn more about how we can help.