If your pet has been very itchy or sluggish lately, it may be from allergies. At Best Care Animal Hospital, serving Houston, Spring, and Tomball, TX, we specialize in treating allergies in pets. Our veterinarian can properly diagnose your pet by performing a physical exam and running a few diagnostic tests. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about allergies.
How Do Animals Get Allergies?
The short answer is just like everyone else. An allergy is when the immune system is hypersensitive to harmless allergens. Exposure to these substances results in overproduction of antibodies, which sensitizes the immune system and cause an allergic reaction for your pet. When the allergen and antibodies react, histamines are released, leading to inflammation and other allergy symptoms in your pet.
What Are The Symptoms of Allergies in Pets?
The types of symptoms your pet may experience will depend on the kind of allergy he or she has. For example, if your dog or cat has a food allergy, he or she may have gastrointestinal problems like vomiting or diarrhea. In cases where your animal is allergic to an environmental allergen, he or she may constantly scratch at the skin, have a rash or hives, or get a chronic ear infection.
How Are Allergies Diagnosed?
Our veterinarian in Houston, TX, can perform a blood test to measure the body’s immune response to allergens. This, however, doesn’t work for food allergies. Your pet will need to be on a limited and hypoallergenic diet for a few months to rule out a food allergy.
How Can A Veterinarian Help?
Preventing exposure to allergens, no matter the type your pet is allergic to, is important in managing your animal’s allergies. Our vet can prescribe antihistamines or corticosteroids to help control the symptoms if they are interfering with your furry pet’s life. We also can provide topical treatments that can help with scratching and itching. Allergy shots are another option that can help your dog or cat get used to the allergen that is causing the reaction.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Veterinarian for Allergy Testing and Treatment
At Best Care Animal Hospital, we specialize in all things related to your pet. If your animal is experiencing allergy symptoms, contact our veterinary hospital today to schedule an appointment. We are happy to serve Spring, Tomball, and Houston, Texas. Call us at 281-251-0893.