Pet Skin Allergies Can Be Treated By Our Veterinarian In Pensacola
Pets, like people, can develop allergies. Our furry friends often develop pet skin allergies from a range of conditions, which may require the care of a veterinarian. The Brentwood Animal Hospital in Pensacola specializes in pet allergy diagnoses and treatment.
Signs of a Pet Allergy
Cats and dogs exhibit the same allergy symptoms as humans. The most common symptom is itching. Pets with an allergy will tend to scratch at the paws, ears, or the base of the tail constantly. They may also experience the following symptoms:
- Scabbed or inflamed skin
- Excessive licking or biting of the skin
- Swelling in ears, eyelids, or face
Common Allergens for Pets
Pets may have reactions to these factors:
- Seasonal Allergens like pollen and mold
- Dust Mites
- Parasites Like Fleas and Mange Mites
- Bacterial or Yeast Infections
The allergen that triggers the itch on your pet’s skin, or other symptoms, may be something he or she ate or came into contact with. Veterinary treatment can determine the cause and help you appropriately medicate your pet.
Diagnosing the Pet Skin Allergy
Determining the cause of a pet allergy starts with ruling out possible triggers. If our veterinarian feels that a pet allergy is the main cause, we may suggest doing an elimination diet test. Once we rule out food allergies, we will test if a parasite caused the problem, unless the parasites are visible. If both are not the causes, we may take a look at his or her environment surroundings.
We may conduct an impression smear on your pet to determine if a bacteria or yeast caused the allergy. If either of these infections are present, we will prescribe medication to treat it.
Treatment from Our Veterinarian in Pensacola
Depending on the allergen your pet may is suffering from, our vet may recommend the following treatments to help ease the symptoms:
- Lifestyle changes
- Prescribing medication like antihistamines or prednisone
- Changing diet
- Desensitization therapy
- Allergy shots
Make an Appointment for a Pet Skin Allergy Exam and Treatment
Your furry companion does not have to suffer from pet skin allergies. Schedule an appointment with The Brentwood Animal Hospital today by calling (850) 434-2646. We’ll help diagnose the problem and get your pet feeling good again. Contact our team today.