Pets, like humans, can suffer from allergies. As part of their regular pet care, a veterinarian can help to treat the symptoms and discover the cause of the allergic reaction. Our veterinarians at KKM Veterinary Clinic in Franklin provide quality veterinary care to treat a variety of conditions in our furry friends, including pet allergies. We have gathered some of the common questions that we run into regarding pet allergies.
What types of allergies can pets have?
Pets can have many of the same allergies that humans have. They may have environmental allergies to things like dust and mold. They can have seasonal allergies to trees, flowers, and grass. Many pets have an allergy to fleas and this can cause some very uncomfortable skin conditions. Food allergies are often the hardest to deal with, since trying to figure out what it is in the food that is causing the allergy can take a lot of testing.
How are pet allergies treated?
Keeping your pet away from the source of the allergy is the first thing to do. Your veterinarian can do the necessary tests to figure out the allergy and then prescribe a medication that can help.
What symptoms of allergies should I be looking for?
Depending on the type of allergy, your pet can have a variety of different types of symptoms. You may notice that they are scratching a lot, which usually means they have a contact allergy. The skin may be dry or it can be oozy. For hay fever or seasonal allergies, your pet may have recurring ear infections and skin irritation, but also a runny nose and excessive sneezing. Food allergies may cause vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of weight.
If my pet is gassy, does that mean it has allergies?
Gassy pets, especially dogs, can be the result of many things, but one of them is sensitivity or intolerance to something they are eating. You need to talk to your veterinarian about the symptoms your dog is experiencing. You should also check the list of ingredients in the dog food they are eating. If there are too many, you may want to try a food that has fewer ingredients and see if it helps the situation.
Contact Our Veterinarians in Franklin, OH
If you suspect that your pet is suffering from pet allergies, it is time to make an appointment at KKM Veterinary Clinic. Our veterinarians provide the latest allergy treatments for pets at our animal clinic. Call our team today at (513) 423-2331 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.