Pet Allergy FAQs
Like people, pets can be troubled with allergies that cause uncomfortable symptoms and affect their general health. It is important to seek treatment for your pet’s allergies so they do not worsen. At Neighborhood Veterinary Center in Hallandale Beach, FL, we diagnose and treat pet allergies. Our veterinarians, Dr. Carlos Daniel Ameijeiras and Dr. Tamata Huhn, will ensure that your pet is healthy and pain-free. Here are some commonly asked questions about pet allergies.
What Causes Allergies in Pets?
Pets can be allergic to grass, pollen, and mold, as people are. They can also be allergic to fleabites. Some animals show reactions to certain kinds of food, such as wheat, eggs, chicken, or beef.
What Are the Symptoms of Allergic Reactions in Pets?
Seasonal allergies show symptoms in pets much like those seen in people, with watery eyes, sneezing, coughing, and ear infections. Other animals may show problems with their skin, with redness, constant scratching, licking, and secondary bacterial infections of the skin.
How Are Allergies Diagnosed?
Since allergies in pets are a common problem, our vet is able to recognize the symptoms when an animal comes in with a problem. Our vet will determine what is causing your pet’s specific symptoms. We will also ensure that there are no underlying health conditions causing the symptoms. Problems at particular times of the year can be a clue that the problem is an allergy. Skin tests and blood tests are also used to confirm an allergy diagnosis. With food allergies, our vet may use other types of tests to eliminate other conditions that cause similar symptoms.
What Treatments Are Available for Pets with Allergies?
Our veterinarian will determine the best treatment plan for your pet’s needs. Treatment also depends on the type of allergy. For food and flea allergies, you will need to avoid the allergy trigger. Our vet will guide you on how to eliminate certain foods from your pet’s diet. We can also provide flea medication if that is the issue.
Soothing baths and lotions can reduce skin irritation and inflammation. Antihistamines are often prescribed to relieve troublesome eye, nose, and ear symptoms. Steroid medications in oral, cream, or injectable forms can also help to reduce inflammation that causes severe symptoms. We may give your pet allergy medications for seasonal allergies.
Visit Our Veterinarian in Hallandale Beach, FL for Pet Allergy Treatment
If your pet is suffering from allergies, we can help. At Neighborhood Veterinary Center in Hallandale Beach, FL, our veterinarians are committed to providing the highest quality vet care to your pets. We will diagnose and treat your animal’s allergy to alleviate irritation. Our team is happy to answer any questions you have. Call us today to schedule an appointment or to learn more.