When you think of pet allergies, the first thought is about a human being allergic to a cat or dog. But pets get allergies, too.
Seeing your pet constantly scratching his or her skin or losing hair in patches or even with red, sore ears usually means there is an allergy. And just as it is with people, it is miserable.
At Meadowbrook Veterinary Clinic we will test your cat or dog thoroughly to find out just what is causing the symptoms. If it is an allergy or allergies, we will formulate a treatment plan that will bring both of you some peace of mind.
Pets can be allergic to basically the same types of things that we can, whether it’s certain foods or the environment. Weeds and grasses that drive us up the wall in spring or fall may do the same for your pet. But their symptoms may be different than sneezing, runny nose and watery eyes.
- Constant itching or licking spots on the skin, causing red or bald spots;
- Frequent pawing at or rubbing ears, causing redness and possible discharge
- Persistent licking or chewing of the paws, causing discoloration
- Rubbing the face with paws or against furniture
- Itching in the anal area, usually a sign of food allergies
Once you bring your pet to Meadowbrook Veterinary Clinic, we will do a battery of tests to determine the source of the allergy, then we will formulate an individualized plan to give your pet relief. The vaccine program we develop will require frequent administering to start, then it will be tapered to wean the pet from it.
The goal is to desensitize your pet to the allergen and most of our patients at Meadowbrook respond well. About the only other option is to keep your pet away from the allergen and that isn’t always easy, particularly with dogs.