If your cat or dog is suffering from allergies it can be difficult to diagnose and even harder to treat. Often, a veterinarian will have to provide assistance and give your pet some relief. Luckily, our team at Oaks North Animal Hospital based out of San Antonio, TX, is well versed in diagnosing and treating animal allergies. We have gathered some information on the signs and symptoms of allergies, and how they are treated at our animal hospital.
What Causes Pet Allergies?
Just like with people, pet allergies can come from several different sources. Pets can be allergic to certain environmental factors in the home such as smoke or dust. Pets can be allergic to seasonal allergies as new pollen, dander, and mold that circulate through the air. Pets can also have food allergies that may appear in certain pet foods or treats.
The type of symptoms that your pet has may be directly related to the individual allergen that is triggering the response. If your pet is allergic to allergens in your home, this usually takes the form of runny eyes, a wet nose, wheezing, or sneezing. Seasonal allergies usually take the form of itchy skin and paws with "hot spots" or red areas appearing on the skin.
You may notice that your pet is repeatedly scratching or biting at one area of its’ body. If you notice your pet has an open wound or a scab, it is time to see our veterinarian immediately. If you notice that your pet has intestinal distress or is vomiting, this could be an indication that your pet is suffering from a food allergy.
How a Veterinarian Can Help
Taking your pet to our animal hospital for allergy treatment is the first step in finding real relief for your pet. Our veterinarian will first run some diagnostic tests, and maybe take a skin sample to rule out the chance of a bacterial infection. Then, our vet will ask you a few questions about when the allergies are present and what seems to make them worse. Luckily, there are plenty of prescription allergy medications for cats and dogs that can provide your pet fast relief from ongoing allergies.
Pet Allergy Treatment in San Antonio, TX
Our team at Oaks North Animal Hospital cares about your pets as if they were our own. We know just how frustrating allergies can be to diagnose and treat. If you suspect your pet is suffering from allergies or you just need to schedule a wellness check-up for your pet, call us today at (210) 697-9585. Dr. Richardson will perform a thorough examination and provide the allergy relief that your pet needs.