Pet Allergy Treatment from Our Veterinarian Near Radford
Many pet owners are unaware of how prevalent allergies are in pets. Much like their human owners, pets can suffer from a variety of allergies that lead to irritation and even illness. Fortunately, through proper care, including regular visits to your veterinarian near Radford, you can do a lot to protect your pet. Our veterinary team can help you identify allergy problems and find solutions that ensure your pet enjoys a happy life, with allergies under control.
Understanding Pet Allergies
Pets can suffer from food allergies, seasonal allergies, and allergies to other substances in their environment. Like in humans, an allergy is an overreaction of your pet’s immune system to a substance. Where one pet can come into contact with the substance, such as pollen, and experience no issues, another pet may become itchy and inflamed.
Pet Allergy Symptoms
- Allergic Dermatitis - Seasonal allergies in humans typically lead to respiratory problems – runny nose, itchy eyes, coughing, etc. In pets, allergy symptoms are more often seen on the skin. Your pet will become increasingly itchy. Excessive scratching is a common response, as it biting the irritated area. If the allergies progress, the skin can become inflamed and increasingly sensitive. Open sores may develop along with scabs.
- Ear Problems - The ears are another area that can become problematic when your pet has allergies. You may notice that the ear canals are red or itchy. They can become infected as well, producing a discharge.
- Respiratory Problems - While they are less common, your pet can experience a runny nose, sneezing, and other respiratory issues due to allergies.
Types of Pet Allergies
- Food Allergies - Your pet can be allergic to a variety of foods, so it is important to talk with your vet about food choices for your pet. The most common food allergy in pets is grains, which is why grain-free diets have become so popular. However, pets can be allergic to a lot of other foods, including specific proteins – like poultry, for instance. If you notice you pet is not eating or is having gastrointestinal issues, be sure to bring it up to your veterinarian.
- Allergies to Products - Some of the products you use on your pet – or even on yourself – can cause reactions in pets. Choose shampoos and other pet products that are made specifically for pets. If you notice a reaction to a product, discontinue use immediately.
- Seasonal Allergies - Pollen, dust, and mold – just like humans; pets can become sensitive to seasonal allergens. If you discover that your pet seems to get itchy during certain times of the year, or develops hot spots, loses fur or scratches excessively, it may be seasonal allergies.
Cleaning your pet’s area regularly can help minimize the accumulation of allergens. Regular baths can clean off allergens from your pet’s coat, while foot soaks can rinse off the allergens from his or her paws. Most importantly, talk with your veterinarian to determine the source of the problem and the best available solution. A variety of prescription shampoos and medications are available for severe allergy problems.
Make an Appointment at Our Animal Hospital in Radford Today
If you think your pet might be suffering from allergies, we encourage you to contact our animal hospital and make an appointment with our veterinary team. Contact us at (540) 639-3891 today to speak with us and we will be happy to schedule you an appointment