If you notice your pet scratching more than normal, it could be due to an allergic reaction on its skin. Pet allergies are no laughing matter. Left untreated, symptoms can become severe, making life miserable for your furry friend. At Cashua Veterinary Care, Florence, SC, we can diagnose and treat pet allergy symptoms to restore your pet’s health.
Types of Pet Allergies
Pet allergies can fall into different categories and be triggered by different allergens. Environmental allergies, for example, can be triggered by substances your pet comes into contact with in his environment. This could be anything from flowers or plants in the garden to chemicals in household or grooming products. Food allergies can be triggered by wheat, soy, meat, or other products in your pet’s food. Many pets are allergic to flea saliva. Pets can be born with allergy sensitivities or they can develop allergies anytime during their lifespan.
If your pet suffers from environmental allergies or is allergic to flea saliva, you may notice the following symptoms on his skin:
- Dry, itchy skin
- Skin rashes or infections
- Hot spots
- Fur loss
Your pet’s excessive scratching may make matters worse. It’s best to contact our veterinarian in Florence, SC, at the first sign of skin problems to get a diagnosis of your pet’s condition. Prompt treatment can keep these problems from escalating into more serious issues.
Food allergies can cause digestive problems like gas, vomiting and diarrhea. Our Florence, SC, vet can help determine the cause of your pet’s symptoms so he can get relief.
Pet Allergies Diagnosis and Treatment
Through blood and skin tests, our veterinarian can determine if your pet is suffering from allergies. These same tests can pinpoint the allergen triggering his symptoms so you can avoid it. This may require a change in household or grooming products or keeping your pet away from your garden. Food allergies can be diagnosed by putting your furry friend on a special diet and slowly introducing certain foods back into his diet to see what products trigger his symptoms.
In addition to avoiding allergens in your pet’s food and environment, we offer medications that can help relieve allergy symptoms. Our vet can also provide preventative treatments to keep your pet free of fleas and ticks year round to minimize skin outbreaks. In the event of a severe allergic reaction, we can provide prompt and effective emergency treatment.
See Our Veterinarian in Florence, SC, for Pet Allergy Treatment
The good news is that pet allergies can be treated to relieve your pet of irritating symptoms. To schedule an appointment for allergy diagnosis and treatment, contact Cashua Veterinary Care in Florence, SC, at (843) 407-9020.