Pets are like family members - we love them and want nothing but the best for them. So when our furry friends start showing signs of discomfort, it's natural for us to want to figure out what's wrong and how we can help make them feel better.
It's important to be aware of the signs that your pet may be allergic to something in their environment. Read on for more information about allergies in pets. If you have additional questions, reach out to the capable team at Katy Veterinary Clinic. We would love to help answer all your questions.
If you notice any of the following signs in your pet, it's possible that they are allergic to something in their environment:
-Excessive scratching, licking, or biting (often leading to hot spots)-Sneezing or runny nose
-Watery or red eyes
-Coughing or wheezing
-Vomiting or diarrhea
-Hives or rashes
If your pet is exhibiting any of these symptoms, it's important to take them to the vet so they can rule out any other possible causes and determine if allergies are indeed the issue. Once a diagnosis has been made, your vet will likely recommend one or more of the following treatment options:
Avoidance: The best way to treat allergies is by avoiding the allergen altogether. This may mean changing your pet's food, using a different type of litter, etc. Your vet will be able to give you specific guidance on how best to avoid the allergen based on what they believe is causing the reaction.
Medications: There are a variety of medications that can be used to treat allergies in pets, including antihistamines, corticosteroids, cyclosporine, etc. Your vet will work with you to determine which medication is best for your pet based on the severity of their symptoms and any other health conditions they may have.
Allergy Shots: In some cases, allergy shots may be recommended as a way to help your pet build up immunity to the allergen. These shots are typically given once every two weeks for several months and then once a month for several years after that.
If you think your pet may be experiencing allergies, don't hesitate to take them to Katy Veterinary Clinic so we can help you get started on a treatment plan right away!
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