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Pet Allergies: Diagnosis and Treatment from Casillas Veterinary Hospitals in Montebello

At Casillas Veterinary Hospitals, our team is dedicated to ensuring your pet is as healthy as possible. We recommend routine visits to ensure your pet is well cared for on an ongoing basis. Sometimes, we may talk to you about your pet’s symptoms of allergies. It is not uncommon for pet allergies to occur and, when they do, they can make your pet ill. When you visit our offices in Montebello, East Los Angeles, or Lynwood, we’ll talk to you about the options for treating this condition.

Pet Allergies: Diagnosis and Treatment from Casillas Veterinary Hospitals in Montebello

Pet Allergies: What Are the Symptoms?

Could your pet have allergies you don’t know about? It’s not uncommon. Just like people, some foods or other substances can make your pet ill or uncomfortable. Allergies can be life threatening but are more likely to be less obvious. Allergies occur as a result of the pet’s immune system’s response to various substances, called allergens. When a dog inhales, ingests, or otherwise comes into contact with the allergen, the pet can show some symptoms including:

  • Eyes that itch and seem to run
  • Red or moist skin
  • Scabs on the skin
  • Scratching that seems to be constant
  • Sneezing
  • Diarrhea
  • Snoring that is the result of inflammation in the throat
  • Chewing on the paws
  • Constant licking of the skin
  • Vomiting

Some pets may have secondary reactions to substances, such as yeast skin infections or bacterial infections. When this is the case, it can cause hair loss or crusty skin.

What Types of Materials Are Pets Allergic To?

Pets can develop allergies to a variety of substances. They can change over time as well. Any dog or cat can have allergies, but some breeds are more likely to than others. When choosing a dog or cat, ask about the breed’s temperament for specific risks. Some of the most common substances that pets can be allergic to include:

  • Food ingredients, including soy, wheat, pork, or chicken
  • Some prescription medications
  • Pollen from trees, grass or weeds
  • Mold spores
  • Fabrics
  • Dander
  • Feathers
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Perfumes
  • Cleaning products
  • Insecticidal shampoos
  • Plastic materials
  • Fleas – this is one of the most common and most important to treat in your pet

If you believe your pet may be allergic to any substance, keep it away from your pet. Schedule a consultation with your veterinarian to have your pet tested.

Treatments for Pet Allergies

The first step is diagnosing the problem in your pet. Once we understand what your pet is allergic to, we can create a treatment plan for your pet. The most important first step is to simply remove the substance from the home. Prevention is the easiest solution. These steps can help as well:

  • Use flea control products as a prevention tool.
  • Give your pet a bath each week to reduce itching and remove any environmental allergens he or she may pick up.
  • Clean your pet’s bedding at least one time a week.
  • Prescription medications are available to help some pets
  • Consider a specialized food that’s less likely to cause allergic symptoms.

Schedule a Consultation with Your Vet at Casillas Veterinary Hospital

For diagnostics and treatment options for pet allergies, call Casillas Veterinary Hospital for an appointment in our Montebello, East Los Angeles, or Lynwood office Call your vet today: (323) 726-1525.