Humans are not the only species who can develop allergies and the complications that go with them. Animals are prone to allergic reactions as well. Because the signs of allergies in pets overlap with other conditions, some pet owners in Huntington Beach, CA, and elsewhere may be unaware that their friends are experiencing pet allergies. For vet care from a veterinarian on our veterinary team, call us at Friendly Animal Hospital.
The Nature of an Allergy
Regardless of species, an allergy generally works the same way. An allergy is the body’s over-reaction to stimuli which many times is from the external environment. That could be in the form of pollen, dander, dust, insects, liquids, plants, foods, materials, chemicals and more. Whichever happens to be the trigger, the stimuli cause a reaction in the body.
This reaction can cause a number of symptoms in a pet. This might include heavy sneezing as well as an over-production of mucus and coughing. Additionally, allergies can also manifest through the skin and fur, creating fur loss, rashes, hives, and patches of irritation, which in turn become infected with scratching.
Symptoms and Signals of a Pet Allergy
For dogs and cats, allergies might be signaled by frequent sneezing, coughing and hacking, and skin problems, particularly with itching. Whether the allergy manifests as a patch or all over, the animal seems to have an uncontrolled impetus to keep scratching. Alternatively, digestive problems are most obvious with abnormal evacuation in the form of repeated diarrhea or vomiting. A Veterinarian response might take a two-pronged approach to help with immediate reactions and then avoid the same allergy concerns in the future.
Get Pet Allergy Help from a Veterinarian on Our Veterinary Team in Huntington Beach, CA
If your pet seems to be suffering from allergic reactions with uncontrolled sneezing fits, skin problems or recurring indigestion, we at Friendly Animal Hospital can help. Our veterinarian team can utilize can help figure out what exactly is happening and what triggers affect a dog or cat the most. Once identified, we can help with guiding you as a pet owner on how to get rid of exposures to the pet, how to calm down the current allergic reactions, and how to take care of the pet for the future to avoid more flareups. Call us to schedule an appointment. You don't have to struggle trying to guess what's going on or experimenting with the home remedies. We're here for you. Call us at (714) 845-5722 for more information.