Signs Your Pet Has Allergies
Tierrasanta Veterinary Hospital in San Diego, California, is here to help you and your pets. Our veterinarian, Dr. Schexneider, knows part of a healthy life for your furry friend is understanding what signs to look for when possible allergies arise.
Seasonal Allergies vs Pet Allergies
The first thing that an animal hospital does is decide if an allergic reaction in a pet is a result of seasonal changes or food issues.
Food allergies are sometimes instant, and other times it takes years to develop. The hypersensitivity to food can happen at any point in a pet’s life.
Symptoms of food allergies:
- Lesions — ribs, knees, hips, and flank
- Ear infections
- Vomiting and diarrhea
- Hair loss
An animal hospital will eliminate particular food and substitute to decipher the specific allergy. The prescribed diet takes the place of their everyday dietary needs. Even some medication induces an allergic reaction. If nothing changes, it is time to consider seasonal allergies.
Seasonal allergies come with the changes in weather. Pets can be allergic to grass, dust, pollen, and even dust mites. A pup can also develop them so severely that it becomes a year-round reaction.
Symptoms of seasonal allergies:
- Watery eyes
- Runny nose
- Chest congestion
- Ear infections
The treatments are a lot like those in humans. A pet doctor might run an intradermal skin test to find the specific allergen. Medication like antihistamines and steroids are possibilities. Sometimes it takes changes in a pet’s environment to give them relief.
Both types of allergic reactions are similar enough that it takes trial and error. But, a healthy pet means a healthy home. No one wants their pet in misery. Seasonal allergies can be a downer for your pet!
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Are you worried about your pet's possible allergic reaction? Contact us at Tierrasanta Veterinary Hospital in San Diego for an appointment so we can help you find relief for you and your pet today.