Diagnosis and Treatment from Our Atlanta Vet
Animals can develop allergies just like their human family members. At PetWell Veterinary Healthcare, our Atlanta vet team can give you and your pet relief from pet allergy symptoms and prevent future issues from occurring.
Causes of Pet Allergies
A pet allergy happens when an animal's immune system has an excessive reaction to a substance in the environment that doesn't normally cause irritation. These substances, called allergens, can include:
- Wheat, dairy, eggs, soy, and other foods
- Parasites and their waste matter, including fleas and dust mites
- Chemicals (e.g., medications, carpet cleaners, deicer, shampoo, etc.)
It's not always clear why some pets develop allergies and others don't. Age and breed may both play a role.
Signs that Your Pet Has an Allergy
One of the most telltale signs of pet allergies is redness, swelling, itchiness, or irritation of the skin. A pet having an allergic reaction to something might have areas of dry, patchy, or scaly skin that flakes, oozes pus, and/or loses hair.
Other signs of pet allergy include:
- Itchy ears and frequent ear infections
- Runny, irritated eyes
- Diarrhea or vomiting
- Frequent itching, scratching, shaking, or licking
How Our Atlanta Veterinarian Team Diagnoses and Treats Pet Allergies
Diagnosing the cause of your pet's allergy is the number one step in helping your animal feel better. Once we know what your pet is allergic to, we can help you reduce your pet's exposure to the trigger so their symptoms can truly heal. To help us diagnose a pet allergy, our Atlanta veterinary team will conduct a thorough history and examination and possibly recommend additional steps, such as an elimination diet or allergy test.
In addition to helping your pet avoid allergens, our Atlanta vet team also provides treatment like oral or topical medications to relieve swelling, itchiness, pain, and other signs of inflammation.
Please know that getting early and effective pet allergy treatment for your dog or cat is very important, not only because it helps them feel more comfortable, but because it helps prevent painful and expensive complications like skin infections, dehydration, and malnourishment.
Is It Allergies? Bring Your Pet to Our Atlanta Vet
If think your pet is showing signs of pet allergy, don't hesitate. Contact PetWell Veterinary Healthcare at (404) 856-7500 to connect with our veterinarian in Atlanta, GA.