Allergic reactions in pets can cause a great deal of stress to the animal and their owner. If you believe your dog or cat has Pet Allergies, contact Pet Medical Center of Westerville in Westerville to make an appointment with our veterinarian for an assessment. Read on to learn how pets get allergies, how they are diagnosed, and what our veterinarian can do to help.
How Animals Get Allergies
Pets, like people, are prone to allergic reactions. When a foreign substance comes into contact with a pet's body, and their body is not equipped to withstand its presence, it goes into a sort of protective mode. This is when external symptoms are usually noticed. The body is trying to eliminate the object from within itself during this time. Unfortunately, with allergies, usually the “foreign object” in question is not dangerous to the body, but because the body tries to force the object out, it can often cause distress. Pets can have allergies to food, the environment, chemicals, and other substances.
How Allergies Are Diagnosed in Pets
There are several symptoms that indicate a pet may be suffering from an allergic reaction. Skin allergies are noticed in the form of a rash, itchiness, or missing fur. A food allergy could cause stomach distress, vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, or constipation. Environmental allergic reactions often cause pets to have symptoms that mimic those associated with common colds such as sneezing, wheezing, coughing, and runny eyes. When an allergy is suspected, it is best to seek veterinary care. Tests are used to help find the reason for an allergic reaction.
How Our Vet Can Help A Pet with Allergies
A pet that has symptoms of an allergy needs to be properly diagnosed so treatment can be obtained. This is done with help from our veterinarian. Let our practitioner know about the symptoms your pet has been suffering from as this could be helpful in determining that trigger for their condition.
The process of elimination may be used to find out what is causing an allergy to occur. For example, giving the pet one type of food for several days without symptoms could eliminate this particular food as being the trigger. Additional foods can be added to the pet's diet one by one to see if symptoms arise. Our veterinarian could also run tests to help determine what is causing distressful signs to happen. When the source is determined, it can be avoided and medication can be used to treat symptoms if they arise again in the future.
If your dog or cat is suffering from Pet Allergies, contact Pet Medical Center of Westerville and reach out to our veterinarian. Call our office at 614-882-7700 to make an appointment with our practitioner or to discuss Pet Allergies and treatment options.