Treating Pet Allergies
Just like people, pets can become allergic to any number of allergens found both inside and outside the home. While allergy symptoms may be different in each pet, one factor remains the same, allergies can be hard to diagnose and treat. The team at Miami Shores Animal Clinic is well versed in pet allergies and we’re happy to answer some common questions concerning pet allergies.
The Causes of Pet Allergies
Truth be told, pet allergies can be caused by a multitude of allergens that can be found either inside or outside the home. Outside the home, pets can suffer from seasonal allergies that can be triggered by the changing seasons. Various pollen and spores released into the air can cause pets to suffer severe allergies. Within the home, pets can become allergic to several household allergens. Sometimes a simple laundry detergent or soap is enough to trigger an allergic reaction, while other pets can be allergic to dust or smoke found within the home. Some pets suffer from food allergies that can be found in either the pet's food or treats.
Pet Allergy Symptoms
Just as allergy sources differ, so do the symptoms. For some pets, allergies will appear as skin irritations. Your pet may bite, scratch, or chew at various parts of its body, mostly the legs and feet. You may notice that the skin is red or raw, or might be missing patches of fur. If you ever notice that the skin is raw or bleeding, you should take your pet to a veterinarian immediately. Open wounds are an ideal site for dangerous bacteria to enter the body. Other symptoms of seasonal allergies or environmental allergies within the home may include sneezing, wheezing, coughing, a runny nose or watery eyes. Usually, food allergies manifest as intestinal distress and cause your pet to suffer from diarrhea or vomiting.
How a Veterinarian Can Help
Taking your pet to the vet is the first step in finding a course of treatment for pet allergies. Our vet will examine a skin sample with a microscope to check for the presence of a parasite or bacterial infection. From there, our veterinarian may prescribe an allergy medication. Many allergy pills are taken once or twice daily by mouth and are only needed when your pet's allergies are severe. For many pets, allergy medication is only needed as the seasons change.
Your Local Veterinarian in Miami
The team at Miami Shores Animal Clinic is dedicated and passionate about veterinary care. We understand that a pet allergy can be hard to diagnose, and even tougher to treat. Our team is happy to evaluate and treat your pet when he or she is suffering from allergies. Located in Biscayne Park, our team is proud to serve the residents of the North Miami area. Call our office today at (305) 757-3030 to schedule an appointment.