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Allergies can be miserable for pets as well as people. Of course, none of us want our pets to suffer, but allergies can be tricky to treat. Here at University Parkway Animal Hospital in Jackson, we help people find effective allergy treatment options for their pets.
If your pet has allergies, the most common symptoms might seem familiar to human allergy sufferers:
Of course, those last two are unique to pets! However, the rest of the list is familiar to most humans who have allergies. In addition, pets with a food intolerance may experience vomiting or diarrhea.
There are a number of reasons why dogs and cats display allergy symptoms. In order to treat them effectively, it is important to understand what the problem is. Flea allergies are by far the most common cause of these symptoms, and effective flea treatment is the best option for this problem. This may require treating the environment as well as all of the pets in the household.
Seasonal or environmental allergies are also common in dogs and cats. These can be to things like pollen or dust mites. Sometimes, bathing your pet regularly can help remove the allergen and soothe the skin. Other times, medication may be necessary in order to relieve the symptoms.
Food intolerances may cause gastrointestinal upset such as vomiting and diarrhea. Our vet may prescribe a special diet to test whether this is the problem. Some pets are then maintained on this diet for the long-term, while other owners gradually reintroduce foods one at a time to see which ones cause issues. True food allergies usually cause skin-related symptoms rather than gastrointestinal ones.
If your pet has been suffering from allergies for a period of time, they may have issues associated with their allergies such as skin infections, ear infections, or weight loss due to vomiting and diarrhea. Skin scrapings are often taken from pets with signs of skin problems in order to determine what type of antibiotic or anti-fungal drug is best.
Here at University Parkway Animal Hospital, we offer veterinary care for many pets with allergies. When a pet has a severe allergy, they are often quite miserable, and we need to treat them right away to improve their quality of life. If your pet is suffering from allergies in the Jackson area, make an appointment with our vet today by calling (731) 661-0711.
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Took my kitten there today (they are not closed, as the Facebook page says!), and loved it! Very kind, friendly staff who really give their time and attention to your pet! Highly recommend!