Allergy Management an Important Part of Pet Wellness Care
Pets — like humans — can develop allergies that trigger uncomfortable symptoms. Some pets have allergies that start at a young age, while others acquire them later in life. Left unmanaged, allergies can cause digestive, dermatological and respiratory reactions that may be dangerous to the long-term health of your pet. Because allergies can develop at any point in life, it is important to ensure your pet’s veterinarian manages his/her allergies, as this is an essential component of pet wellness care.
Pets with allergies may present with a number of symptoms. The most common are dermatologic symptoms, most commonly itching, which can result in redness, hair loss and scabs that cause your pet to scratch, bite or lick even more at the areas. Other pets may experience internal inflammation that causes respiratory signs such as snoring and sneezing. Gastrointestinal signs such as vomiting or diarrhea can also rarely occur. If you notice any of these changes in your pet, a Lakewood veterinarian at Wadsworth Animal Hospital can help you identify the source of the allergies and create a plan of action for future allergy management.
Our Lakewood Veterinarian Discusses Your Pet’s Allergies
Each Lakewood veterinarian at Wadsworth Animal Hospital believes that allergy management is essential for the pets we care for. That is why we are happy to provide allergy testing and treatment as a part of the medical care of your pet. Most pets with allergies are allergic to environmental substances, such as pollens, molds, trees, grasses, and other plants. Contact with other man-made products such as fragrances, shampoos, or topical cleaners may also elicit a reaction. A small percentage of pets may also be allergic to foods, which requires a process of elimination to identify the allergen. Allergy testing, often performed as a blood test, may detect the specific allergens to which your pet is reacting.
Once the allergen are identified, pet owners can sometimes prevent or limit exposure to reduce symptoms and improve the pet’s quality of life. Additional treatment options exist and are often necessary, including allergy injections, medications, and/or a different grooming and bathing schedule.
Does your pet show symptoms of allergies?