Allergies manifest in a variety of ways, from sneezing and wheezing to itching and scratching. Skin rashes, vomiting, diarrhea, hives, and runny eyes can also occur in our pets. The key to keeping pet allergies under control is detecting the warning signs early on and addressing them as quickly as possible. Our hospital in Sherman offers various options for identifying and managing allergies in pets.
Common Allergy Symptoms
Certain persistent symptoms can be a red flag indicating allergies and/or some type of skin infection in your pet:
- Red, raw, inflamed skin
- Severe itching, indicated by constant scratching, licking, and chewing at the feet and other areas of the body
- Hives (small raised bumps) on the skin
- Runny eyes and nose
- Difficulty breathing
- Red, swollen ears
- Missing patches of fur
- Vomiting and diarrhea
If symptoms aren’t treated, they will likely get worse, which can leave your pet miserable and extremely uncomfortable. Call Texoma Veterinary Hospital at (903) 868-9434 to find relief for your pet.
What Can Pets be Allergic To?
Pet allergies can be triggered by several different things, including:
- Storage mites
- Proteins in flea saliva
- Dander (animal and people)
- Various fabrics
- Certain medications
- Cleaning solutions
- Food ingredients
Knowing what allergens are causing your pet’s problems is important because once you know, you can find a way to reduce their exposure to those allergens and find the right treatment.
Why Your Pet Needs Us
Pet allergies will not go away on their own, and they aren’t always easy to treat. Don’t try to diagnose your pet using online sources, as these may not be credible. Furthermore, certain conditions may clinically present similarly to other conditions, which could easily lead to a misdiagnosis. Our veterinarians are fully qualified to diagnose skin conditions and allergies and provide clients with the tools necessary for managing these problems.
What to Expect Out of Your Pet’s Treatment
Managing pet allergies and skin infections can range from easy to challenging, depending on the condition. Keeping an eye open for flare-ups at home and giving your pet’s medication as directed are critical to the treatment’s success. Allergies cannot be cured, but they can be kept firmly under control. Contact us immediately if you sense that your pet has a persistent allergy and/or skin problem.