Pets can get allergies the same way humans can, and they can be allergic to the same things we are allergic to. At Westside Veterinary Hospital in Statesboro, GA, we can help your pet with allergies regardless of their origin. Often allergies show up as skin problems with pets, but they can get hay fever and have food allergies as well. Pets cannot tell us their exact symptoms, but through observations and lab tests, your vet can narrow down the allergy and find a good treatment.
There are some common symptoms dogs have when they are bothered by allergies. These symptoms can also be a sign of something else, so if they get too extreme it is good to take your pet to an Ocala vet. If your dog shakes his head a lot or scratches his ears excessively, it could be because of an allergy. If your pet scratches or licks to the point of making a raw spot, the animal could have an allergy to grass or other plants. Sneezing is another sign, just as it is with humans. In extreme cases, vomiting, hives, and diarrhea can also be caused by allergies.
Pet Allergy Treatment
Your veterinarian may first try to rule out other health issues with an examination. Some tests can be done to determine whether there is an allergy, and what the pet is allergic to. Testing is not an exact science, however, and sometimes it is a matter of trying different things to find the real cause of the allergy. Food allergies are especially tricky, and a process of elimination with the diet may be used to determine what is causing the problem.
Once our veterinariain determines the types of allergies your pet is suffering from, treatment can begin. The best treatment is to keep the pet away from what is causing the allergy. This may not always be possible, but most of the time you can with food allergies. Many pets are allergic to fleas, and the best treatment is medication to keep fleas and ticks away from the pet. Changing your pet's environment, and perhaps some habits may be the best way to give them relief from allergies.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Veterinarian in Statesboro, GA
Call Westside Veterinary Hospital today at (912) 489-1998 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian.