Does my pet have allergies?

Most pet owners are well aware of human allergies. But did you know that your pets can have allergies, too? There are actually many allergens that can affect your pet. Some pets show allergic responses to particles in the air, like pollens, molds, dust, and tiny bits of insect bodies. Other become allergic to their food, a particular shampoo or bedding. Certain drugs, internal parasites (worms) and external parasites, such as mosquitoes, ticks, or fleas may cause allergic reactions. Most react to most allergens through their skin. Often times “hot spots” will develop where the pet has continually licked or scratched a portion of his/her skin. You may also notice sneezing. Often, allergies will cause  recurrent ear infections in dogs. There are several ways to manage allergies. We use the most current technology to control itch in allergic patients as well as antihistamines and fatty acid supplements.  Also medicated shampoos and rinses can help alleviate symptoms. If you think your pet may be suffering from the affects of allergies, talk to your veterinarian about a treatment plan that is best suited for your pet.

As a pet ages, symptoms and severity can change. It is very important to let your veterinarian know if anything has changed with your pets health or if medications do not seem to be working anymore. Some pets experience seasonal allergies, others are year-round. We offer allergy testing, which can help us determine what your pet is allergic to, and offer Allergen Specific Immunotherapy (weekly to monthly injections), if applicable.