Just like with people, allergies can make pets miserable. The constant itching, skin irritation, infections, and other problems can be a continuous problem for both pets and their owners. Our vet can help with effective medications and treatment options for managing your pet's allergies. At Callahan Drive Animal Hospital in Knoxville, TN, we can help pets suffering from allergies and other health-related issues. Here are a few of our most frequently asked questions about pet allergies and how we can help.
What Causes Pet Allergies?
Like people, pets can have seasonal allergies in which pollen, grass, or mold can cause a reaction. Pets can also be allergic to the bite of insects like fleabites. Some animals may be allergic or sensitive to components in their food and may experience frequent digestive or skin problems.
What Are Common Symptoms of Pet Allergies?
Allergic reactions can lead to a number of different types of symptoms in pets. You may notice your pet constantly scratching or licking its paws. Your pet may experience excessive sneezing, nasal discharge, watery eyes, vomiting, or frequent diarrhea. Constant ear infections may also be a symptom. The animal's skin may be inflamed or develop pimples or sores. If your pet exhibits any of these symptoms, you should make an appointment with our veterinarian right away.
How Are Pet Allergies Diagnosed?
We provide blood tests to rule out any other conditions that could be causing symptoms. Skin tests are also done to determine what type of allergen is causing problems. In the case of food allergies, our vet will advise an elimination diet where the pet is fed only one food at a time to determine which one causes a reaction. In this way, a diet that avoids that food can then be provided.
What Kinds of Treatments Are Available for Pet Allergies?
Primarily, treatment of allergies involves avoiding contact with the offending allergen. You may have to keep your pet indoors during allergy season or administer medications that treat symptoms. Skin problems may require regular application of antihistamine or cortisone creams or lotions to reduce inflammation. An antibiotic may be needed for secondary infections of the skin. For food allergies, our veterinarian may recommend a special diet to avoid gastrointestinal issues.
Make Callahan Drive Animal Hospital Your Vet in Knoxville, TN
Dr. Hilla and our professional staff at Callahan Drive Animal Hospital work hard to provide the highest quality care for patients in and around the Knoxville area. We offer wellness exams, vaccinations, spay and neuter surgery, dental care, diagnostics, boarding, and more. Contact Callahan Drive Animal