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Posted on 07-27-2017
Seasonal allergies are common among humans; you may even suffer from them yourself. Runny, itchy eyes, sneezing, and running sinuses are all signs of a seasonal allergy. You may not know that these allergies are common in pets as well. Our Hartville veterinarian treats many cases of pet allergies each season.
Some symptoms of pet allergies are similar to those of humans. Allergic reactions occur when an animal's immune system begins to recognize everyday substances as foreign invaders, which triggers an immunological response. Allergic reactions can take place when the irritant is inhaled, eaten, or comes in physical contact with the pet's skin. If your dog or cat is displaying these symptoms, the cause may be an allergic reaction:
The animal may also suffer from a secondary infection - bacterial or yeast - as a result of the allergic reaction which can cause scabbing, hair loss, and sores. Allergens include ordinary substances that the animal has been in contact with all its life including certain food products, mold, dust mites, fleas, feathers, pollen, shampoo, and more.
If you think that your pet has an allergy, make an appointment with our office right away. We can recommend skin or blood tests combined with a comprehensive physical examination to determine the source of the pet's allergy.
Once you understand the source of your pet's allergy, we can move forward to treatment. The best treatment for any allergy is prevention. We can recommend ways to avoid your pet's allergen and decrease his or her exposure. Bathing the pet and washing its bedding regularly can also decrease its exposure and subsequent reactions. We also have a variety of medical treatments at our disposal to alleviate your pet's suffering.
If you suspect a pet allergy, contact us at 330-693-9460 to make an appointment.
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