Providing Treatment for Cat and Dog Allergies in Cooper City, FL
Just like people, dogs and cats can also suffer from allergies and allergic reactions. Where cat and dog allergies differ, however, is in the symptoms. When pets have allergies, they often develop skin disorders, which can lead to secondary infections. Pet allergies can be caused by a variety of things, from insect bites to food ingredients. The key to successfully treating your pet’s condition is relieving their itchy skin as much as possible, and finding the means to manage their underlying allergy. Our hospital in Cooper City offers a variety of means for diagnosing and managing allergies in dogs and cats all year round.
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Recognizing the Symptoms of Cat and Dog Allergies
How can you tell if your pet is having an allergic reaction? Although each pet is different, there are several symptoms we commonly see when pets suffer from allergies:
- Ear itching and ear infections
- Itchy/runny eyes
- Paw chewing
- Rubbing at face with paws or against the floor/furniture
- Furiously licking or biting at paws or tail
- Scratchy/scabby skin
These signs indicate that your pet might have allergies. Allergies caused by mold spores and pollen, ingredients in food and treats, or flea bites, can be a life-long burden to your pet. Often, allergies can also result in severe dermatitis, as well as serious skin and ear infections. With allergy season starting earlier and lasting longer, it can also bring about more intense reactions—and indoor allergens can crop up any time of year!
Signs of a serious allergic reaction include:
- Acute vomiting
- Swollen eyes and face
- Hives all over the body
If your pet shows signs of severe swelling or difficulty breathing and swallowing, bring them in to see their veterinarian immediately.
Allergy and Skin Care Treatments that can Give Your Pet Relief
At Embassy Lakes Animal Hospital, we can examine your pet during their annual wellness exam to see if they’re suffering from allergies or skin troubles.
We partner together with our clients to better understand the circumstances around their pets’ allergies, and can recommend an effective multi-tier program:
- First, we identify the allergens responsible for your pet’s condition with testing and food trials
- Second, we help manage your pet’s triggers
- Third, we relieve your pet’s allergy discomfort with a safe combination of medications, injections, prescription diets, shampoos, or topical treatments.
Every pet’s allergy management plan can vary, depending on what allergens are affecting them and the severity of their condition.
If you have questions or concerns about cat or dog allergies, give us a call at (954) 432-5811!