Colonial Manor Animal Hospital Can Help With Pet Allergies
Allergy symptoms can affect pets, as they do with people. Your pet may have seasonal problems or chronic symptoms. Finding the cause of the allergy can be challenging, but your vet can help with testing and effective medications for treatment. At Colonial Manor Animal Hospital in Homer Glen, IL, we can help manage your pet’s allergy problems.
Symptoms of Allergies in Pets
You may notice your pet frequently scratching and biting at the skin. Areas of skin may be reddened and inflamed. The animals may constantly lick the paws. Hair loss may occur in troubled areas. Your cat or dog may sneeze repeatedly, may have watery eyes or a runny nose. Wheezing and coughing can occur. Frequent ear infections can be a sign of allergies. Pets with food allergies may have frequent bouts of diarrhea, constipation or gas.
Finding the Source of the Allergy Reaction
Allergic reactions can be triggered by pollen from grass, weeds, trees, household chemicals and a variety of other compounds. The vet can provide skin tests to determine the cause of allergy symptoms. These tests can be helpful in pinpointing the substances that result in immune system reactions. Your veterinarian may suggest an elimination diet if a food allergy is suspected. This test involves starting with one type of food and gradually adding other food one at a time, to determine which one is causing the reaction. Then, the pet owner can actively avoid feeding the food component to prevent symptoms.
Treatment of Pet Allergies
Several treatment options are available to help relieve symptoms of allergies in pets. The vet may prescribe antihistamine medication to reduce inflammation. Corticosteroid medications can also be used to reduce symptoms. If a secondary bacterial infection has occurred, the vet may prescribe antibiotics. Food allergies may require a special, restricted diet to eliminate symptoms and avoid further problems.
Make Colonial Manor Animal Hospital Your Veterinarian in Homer Glen, IL
The veterinarians and staff at Colonial Manor Animal Hospital use their years of experience to keep their patients in Homer Glen, IL and surrounding communities in better health at every stage of life. We offer many veterinary services, including vaccinations, preventative care, diagnostics, surgery, dental care, cardiac care, and exotic pet care. Call Colonial Manor Animal Hospital today at 708-301-8200 to have your pet examined and to learn about effective treatments that can help keep your pet more comfortable.