Nipping Pet Allergies in the Bud
Pet allergies are one of the most common health problems for dogs and cats. They can also be difficult to treat because there are many potential culprits. Before your pet’s condition goes out of control, you should consult your veterinarian about what to do next. At Veterinary Medical Center of St. Lucie County, we offer various tests and treatments that can alleviate discomfort and help your pet return to a happy, normal life.
An itchy pet is an unhappy pet. Get your pet's allergies under control.
What Allergens Are Pets Most Sensitive To?
Dogs (and sometimes cats) are similar to us in that they can also be hypersensitive to certain allergens, such as:
- Animal and human dander
- Cleaning solutions and lawn fertilizers
- Synthetic fabrics
- Ingredients in their food, like chicken, pork, beef, lamb, and eggs
How to Tell if Your Pet Has an Allergy
While pets may be good at hiding certain health problems, an allergy is harder to conceal. Common signs include:
- Runny eyes and nose
- Raw, red skin
- Hair loss
- Chewing and licking paws
- Hot spots
- Ear infections
- Skin and ears giving off a bad odor
Don't Wait to Seek Treatment for Your Pet
If your pet is scratching themselves raw, do not try to wait them out. When they lick and scratch their skin over and over, they damage the protective skin barrier and expose themselves to bacterial infections. This only makes the itching worse and leads to a continuous, frenzied cycle of licking and scratching. The moment you notice that your pet is uncomfortable, call us. We can offer them relief and a chance for their damaged skin to heal.
Our animal hospital in Port St. Lucie offers many options for diagnosing your pet’s condition and treating it appropriately. Keep in mind that they may require a two-tier approach—this means addressing their symptoms and the underlying allergy itself.