Does Your Pet Have Allergies?
If your pet shows signs of skin problems, he could have allergies. Itchy skin is one of the most common symptoms of allergies, causing your pet to scratch incessantly. Constant scratching can lead to open sores, skin infections, and fur loss. A checkup done by our Holmen vet at Van Loon Animal Hospital can determine if your pet has allergies, so he can get treatment.
If your pet has environmental or seasonal allergies, exposure to substances in his environment can trigger allergy symptoms. These substances could include pollen, mold, mildew, dust mites, chemicals from household cleaners, or ingredients in grooming products. Pollens from weeds, grass, or trees will produce seasonal allergies. Allergies from other substances can occur year round.
Itching is usually the first sign of an allergic reaction. Your dog or cat may itch all over his body, causing constant scratching that can cause open wounds, skin infections, and hair loss. Environmental allergies can also cause ear infections.
Many dogs and cats are allergic to flea saliva. Once bitten, their skin suffers intense irritation and itching. Even one bite can trigger severe allergic reactions. Flea bites can produce red, inflamed skin, scabbing, open sores, and hair loss. Some of these symptoms are often self-inflicted due to your pet scratching and biting his skin.
At the first sign of skin problems, contact our Holmen vet for a checkup. We’ll diagnose your pet’s condition and recommend the appropriate treatment.
Symptoms of food allergies can be manifested on your pet’s skin or digestive system. Although food allergies are less common than flea or environmental allergies, they can be just as irritating for your dog or cat, causing symptoms such as skin rash, hives, diarrhea, and vomiting. Some of the most common food allergens for dogs are beef, chicken, eggs, dairy, wheat, and soy. For cats, common allergens include fish, dairy, and beef.
Pet Allergy Diagnosis and Treatment
At Van Loon Animal Hospital, we’ll conduct skin and blood tests to confirm flea or environmental allergies and identify the allergens. For food allergies, we may place your pet on an elimination diet and reintroduce suspected foods little by little to pinpoint the allergen. Once you know what’s causing your pet’s allergies, you can eliminate it from his environment or diet to control his symptoms. Oral medications, topical medicines and allergy shots can also help in managing your pet’s allergy symptoms.
See Our Holmen Vet for Allergy Treatment
To schedule an appointment for allergy diagnosis and treatment, contact Van Loon Animal Hospital at 608-526-2200.