11 May Pet Allergies
Like humans, dogs and cats can be allergic to things in the environment such as pollens, dust, insects, carpets and bedding, and certain ingredients in food. Allergies can affect pets of all breeds and backgrounds and any age, usually appearing after the age of 6 months.
There are various types of allergies. Some of the more commonly seen include flea saliva allergy, inhalant or pollen allergy, skin contact allergy, and food allergy. Usually the symptoms involve itching (sometimes severe), but you may also see runny eyes or nose, sneezing or wheezing. Food allergies may show gastro-intestinal symptoms like vomiting and diarrhea.
Allergy symptoms can be confused with other disorders so it is important for your pet to see the veterinarian for a checkup to rule out other problems. The intense itching can also result in secondary bacterial or yeast skin infections. A thorough history can assist your vet in diagnosing allergies. There is also a blood test that can determine what the environmental or food triggers are.
Treatments include prevention (as in the case of flea saliva allergy), anti-inflammatory therapy, shampoo therapy, hyposensitization therapy (a series of “allergy shots”), or a combination of treatments.
If shampoos are indicated, the we can provide a medicated bath to get you started on your pet’s treatment. Talk to your vet today – call us at(315) 570-6760 or fill out our online appointment form!