If your pet is scratching vigorously and frequently, it may be suffering from allergies. Allergies not only cause physical distress, but also can lead to secondary problems such as exposed skin that invites infection. If you suspect that your pet may be suffering from allergies, contact your veterinary hospital. Both veterinarians and pet owners can reduce the irritation and discomfort that pets experience from allergies by implementing the following treatment methods.
What can veterinarians do? Veterinary hospitals can run diagnostic testing that will determine the nature of your pet’s allergies. Once the culprits are identified, veterinarians can administer hyposensitization shots. These shots contain minute amounts of the allergen and can bolster a pet’s natural immune system, resulting in fewer allergic episodes. Veterinary hospitals can also prescribe oral medications that may reduce allergic symptoms. Antihistamines, corticosteroids, and other immunosuppressive drugs can lessen the physical response to allergies. However, these medications may also produce adverse side effects in some pets and should be used sparingly.
What can pet owners do? Pet owners can initiate several preventative measures to decrease their pet’s risk of an allergic episode. Give your pet regular baths to remove potential allergens. When your pet enters the house, wipe down its feet to reduce the chances of tracking in pollen and other irritants. Some animals are allergic to certain foods, so owners may want to consider switching over their pet to an antigen diet, which will lessen allergic reactions. Some pet owners may find that Eastern medicine can ease their pet’s allergy symptoms. Herbs such as burdock, aloe, and dandelion have been found to help pet allergies. Acupuncture may also offer relief from allergic reactions in some pets. However, before beginning any allergy treatment program at home, consult first with a veterinarian.
If your pet is suffering from allergies, ABC Veterinary Hospitals can help. Our San Diego area facilities offer clients multiple remedies for allergic symptoms, as well as treatment options for other ailments such as pet parasites. If you want to learn more about our services or would like to schedule an appointment, please call (858) 278-1825.