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How to Recognize and Treat Allergies in Your Pet

Allergies are e a common issue for pets, just as they are for humans. Recognizing the signs of allergies in your pet and knowing how to treat them is important for keeping your furry friend healthy and comfortable.

It’s important to understand what causes allergies in pets. The most common allergens for pets include pollen, dust mites, mold, fleas or other insect bites, and certain types of food. Some pets may also have allergic reactions to certain types of medication.

The symptoms of allergies in pets can vary, but some common signs include:

– Itchy skin

– Excessive scratching, licking, or biting at certain areas of the body

– Sneezing, coughing or wheezing

– Red or inflamed skin

– Hair loss

– Swelling or hives

– Ear infections

If you notice any of these symptoms in your pet, it’s important to take them to the vet for an examination. Your vet can help diagnose the underlying cause of your pet’s allergies and recommend appropriate treatment options.

Treatment for allergies in pets may include:

– Avoiding allergens: If the cause of your pet’s allergies can be identified, the best course of action may be to avoid exposure to that allergen as much as possible. For example, if your pet is allergic to pollen, try to keep them inside during peak pollen season.

– Medication: Your vet may prescribe medication to help alleviate your pet’s allergy symptoms. This could include antihistamines, topical creams, or steroids.

– Immunotherapy: In some cases, your vet may recommend immunotherapy, which involves injecting your pet with small doses of the allergen over time to help build up their immune system’s tolerance.

– Dietary changes: In cases where food is the source of the allergy, your vet may recommend switching to a hypoallergenic diet.

In conclusion, recognizing and treating allergies in your pet is crucial for their overall health and well-being. If you suspect your pet has allergies, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with your vet to get to the root of the problem and determine the best course of treatment. Your pet will thank you for it!

by Dr. Bugg


Hawthorne Animal Hospital, a small animal hospital and veterinary clinic, serves St. Louis Metro East area, including the communities of Edwardsville, Glen Carbon, Maryville, Troy, Alton, Granite City, Collinsville, Highland, Wood River, Roxana, Bethalto, Godfrey, Worden, and Hamel.

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