Pet Allergies

Pet allergies can be tricky to diagnose and even trickier to treat.  Many pet owners will have to turn to the experts and seek veterinary care.  The professional team at Breton Veterinary Hospital, in Leonardtown, MD, have years of experience working with pets who have allergies.  Let's take a closer look at pet allergies.

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Common Allergens

Unfortunately, it seems that just about everything can become a trigger for allergies in pets.  Some pets may be allergic to something found in their environment.  This could be anything such as dust, cigarette smoke, or even certain perfumes.  Other pets may experience allergies that worsen with different seasons.  Spring and fall typically bring about different plants and spores that may trigger certain allergies.  Further, pets can be allergic to foods.  It could be a certain treat or ingredient in his or her food. 

Signs Your Pet May Have Allergies

Just like with people allergies can take many forms.  For some, pets may experience skin allergies.  Signs of skin allergies can include scratching or biting in particular areas.  Your pet may have sections of fur missing or even red or bloodied areas from excessive scratching or chewing.  In other skin allergies, a red or bumpy rash might appear.  For environmental allergies, you may notice your pet coughing or sneezing.  Sometimes it is also possible to hear your pet wheezing while he or she sleeps.  Often, food allergies can appear as a skin allergy or your pet may experience vomiting or diarrhea.  

How a Veterinarian Can Help

To begin treating your pet for allergies, first schedule an appointment with your veterinarian.  During the exam, your veterinarian will be able to do a full evaluation of your pet to understand the severity of the allergy.  Your vet will also go into depth learning about the pet’s home environment, activities and diet to determine the origin of the reaction. Depending on the severity, your pet may be prescribed allergy medication.  These can be a simple pill taken once a day until the allergy is cleared up, or only during seasons when your pet's allergies are particularly bad.  In tougher cases to diagnose it may be necessary to determine what the allergy is through the process of elimination.  This approach is commonly used with food allergies where a very restricted diet is used at first, with food gradually added back in once it is determined that food is not the trigger.

Schedule an Appointment Today!

At Breton Veterinary Hospital we understand your pets are part of your family.  If your pet is experiencing signs of having allergies it may be a good idea to bring them in for an appointment.  Our office is conveniently located at 22646 Cedar Ln Ct, Leonardtown, MD, 20650.  Call our team today at (301) 475-7808 to schedule your appointment today.

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