Humans aren't the only species that can have allergies. Pets can also develop allergies to a variety of things, and it's important to identify and treat the problem so that your furry family member can feel their best. At the Best Care Animal Hospital, serving the Houston, Spring, and Tomball areas, our veterinarian will provide the best treatment options for your pet.
How Animals Get Allergies
Animals may have allergies to certain substances that will create an overreaction of their immune system. The histamine response can lead to itchy skin, inflammation, vomiting, and other symptoms. One of the most common types of pet allergy comes from fleas. The saliva from the fleas can set off the immune system and lead to the pet feeling itchy in those areas. Since dogs are frequently outside, they can encounter a variety of insects, plants, and other items that could set off their allergies.
While cats are, more often than not, primarily indoor animals, that doesn't stop them from having allergies. Insects can get tracked in from the outside. Pets can also have allergies to different proteins in food. For example, if a cat has a chicken allergy, any food that has chicken as part of the formula could lead to a reaction.
How Pet Allergies are Diagnosed
Our skilled veterinarians will look at the symptoms that the animal is presenting to narrow down the cause of the condition. Typically, you're going to see excessive licking and scratching as the most common signs of an allergic reaction. However, if your pet has sensitivities to airborne particles, such as pollen and dust mites, then they may have discharge coming out of their eyes or nose as well. For food allergies, they may vomit the food, become avoidant to eating or have digestive troubles.
How the Vet Helps with Pet Allergies
If allergies are the likely cause of your pet's problems, we can put together a treatment plan that can help them. For example, allergies to fleas can be treated by using a once-monthly flea and pest medication that stops fleas from living on their body. For food allergies, eliminating the suspect protein can help narrow down what's going on with their diet. You may need to use a special type of shampoo, or give them allergy medication as part of their treatment.
Schedule a Pet Allergy Screening Today
Are you worried that your pet is suffering from allergies? Have our experienced veterinarian at the Best Care Animal Hospital in Houston see them soon! Call us today at (281) 251-0893 to set your appointment.