Pet allergies can take many forms and can be difficult to diagnose and treat. Depending on the allergy, symptom, and severity there are several ways your vet can help. Our veterinary staff at The Brentwood Animal Hospital in Pensacola, FL, is knowledgeable about both food and environmental allergies and is here to help care for your pet.
Signs of Allergies
Just like with people, pet allergies can manifest in several ways. Typically, environmental allergies take the form of skin irritation. Environmental allergens can be anything from pollen from trees and plants to an irritant within the home. Allergies in pets are usually worse during the spring and fall as the season's change. Within the home, pets can be allergic to different soaps, perfumes, smoke, or detergents. Be particularly careful if you are laundering your pet's bedding in a fragrant detergent. Skin irritations usually form on areas of the body where your pet is repeatedly scratching or chewing. This can be on the paws, legs, or behind the ears. Rashes can form on the body and can be most easily noticed in areas where there is very fine fur, such as on the stomach. Pets can also have food allergies. Remember that this can be allergies to certain treats or human foods too. Typically, food allergies take the form of gastrointestinal distress, such as diarrhea or vomiting.
When to See a Veterinarian
When your pet is unable to experience the things they love without being hindered by an allergy, it is time to see the vet. Furthermore, if your pet has an open wound as a result of excessive scratching a veterinarian can help. Open wounds are a perfect site for bacteria and infection to enter your pet's body. For food allergies, if you notice your pet has become lethargic or is losing weight, a trip to the veterinarian is in order.
How a Veterinarian Can Help
Your veterinarian will be able to take a sample of your pet's skin and rule out the possibility of a bacterial infection or parasite causing the symptoms. From there, your vet can prescribe allergy medication to help tackle environmental allergies. These are easy to take pills that can be taken daily if necessary if needed. For food allergies, a veterinarian can prescribe diet-specific food for your pet to help pinpoint and alleviate your pet's food allergies.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
The Brentwood Animal Hospital team is professional and caring, always looking out for your pet's well-being. We understand that pet allergies can be difficult to treat, but we are here to help. Our office is conveniently located at 5101 N. Palafox St., Pensacola, FL, 32505. To learn more about the services we offer, or to schedule an appointment, call us today at 850-434-2646. We want to see your pet living a healthy and happy life.