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Allergy Season is Here!

Spring is upon us and with it comes allergy season. Humans aren’t the only ones who get allergies. Our pets can too. As our environment has changed and foods are processed, luckily allergies can be managed a few different ways.  We can walk you through how to manage your pet allergies and how to choose the right treatment for your and your pet.

What are the signs of allergies?

  • Scratching
  • Ear inflammation
  • Stomach upsets
  • Red eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Paw chewing/licking
  • Hair loss

 

What could my pet be allergic to?

Some common allergens include, but are not limited to:

  • Pollen
  • Chicken
  • Grain
  • Fleas
  • Mold, dust, dander
  • Perfumes, dyes
  • Household cleaners
  • Smoke

 

What should I do if I think my dog is allergic to something?

The first step is to consult your veterinarian for treatment. They will help you determine if it’s an allergy or another condition such as fleas, mites, or some type of infection.  Determining if it is an allergy helps to know whether or not medication or a lifestyle change is needed. There is a possibility it can be something as simple as a examining your pets diet. Managing the itch can be a case by case scenario. When you bring your pet in for an exam diagnostics may be needed. Treatment options can range from antihistamines, injections, prescription medication and/or specialty food.

 

What should I do if I think my cat is allergic to something?

Cats too can develop allergies just like dogs and people. Our feline friends metabolize medications different than dogs, but there are treatment options which range anywhere from non allergen food to antihistamines and/or medications. Our veterinarians are here for you to discuss safe treatments. Cats can also develop symptoms such as gum disease and bladder infections that can be linked to allergies.

Treatment options –  

South Town Animal Hospital provides multiple allergy treatment options:

Cytopoint is an allergy treatment in the form of an injection. It typically offers 4-8 weeks of relief from allergy symptoms, and offers a chance for the skin to heal from any sores developed due to allergies.

Apoquel is an allergy treatment in the form of a oral tablet.  It can relieve itching within 4 hours and effectively controls itching within 24 hours. The oral tablet is taken daily to control allergy symptoms.

Standard Process has a supplement that boosts the immune system. This all natural product is an oral tablet given daily to aid the immune system and the body’s normal detoxification mechanisms.

Atarax (Hydroxyzine) is an antihistamine used to treat allergy symptoms such as skin issues. It is an oral tablet that helps relieve skin lesions.

These are just a few options that we have to treat allergy issues. There are other treatment options depending on the diagnosis.  Allergies can be a frustrating condition. At times managing the itching and medicals conditions can be difficult. Let South Town Animal Hospital help ease your pets discomfort so you and your family can get a good night sleep.