Allergy FAQs

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.

Allergy FAQs

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 

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  • "I love Callahan Drive Animal Hospital! Best Veterinarian & Staff in Knoxville been going here for 15 years ! Only place I trust with my fur babies ! Everyone is helpful and friendly and they really care about your animals highly recommend !"
    Tracy S.
  • "Took my 3 y/o tortoise recently and I was pleasantly surprised. Not only was the vet knowledgeable and kind, but the overall visit (including an x-ray) was reasonably priced. I definitely recommend and I will be returning for future services"
    Valerie B.
  • "This group loves animals! Everyone is so kind and helpful! This Vet loves sharing information too! Wouldn’t go anywhere else!"
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  • "This is the best vet I’ve ever took my dog to I couldn’t see myself going anywhere else they took very good care of my son and I feel so much better knowing exactly what’s wrong with him very very sweet staff thank you soooooooo much Dr.Hilla and staff"
    Diane J.
  • "Doc Villa ALWAYS takes care of Studly Dudley!! I will ALWAYS recommend Callahan Drive Animal Hospital & their entire team as they truly do care for your animal in the same way you do!! Dr Villa has cared for Dudley for most of his SIXTEEN years & he’s still happy, healthy & strong!! I strongly believe, Stud has made it to this old age so gracefully due to the care he’s been given with this facility!! I would not trust another team than Callahan Animal with my “first child”, the only place for us to go!! Highly recommended!!"
    Lauren H.
  • "10/10 experience was even better than hoped for. As a snake owner, you hear things about vets that make you question taking them and it was very comforting and nice to have someone who not only helped but took the time to talk about caring for them properly. Thank you guys so much!"
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