Casillas Veterinary Hospitals serve the Montebello, Lynwood, and East Los Angeles areas. The veterinarians at our animal hospitals see many cases of pet allergies, especially this time of the year. Here is what you need to know about your pet’s allergies.
What can my pet be allergic to?
Pets are most often allergic to flea bites, but they can suffer from food allergies, environmental allergies such as pollen and dust, or contact allergies from coming into direct contact with certain chemicals. Your cat can even be allergic to dogs or your dog allergic to cats, but instances of this are rare.
What are some allergy symptoms in my pet I can look for?
For both dogs and cats, the most common allergy symptom is itchy skin. The skin may appear red and flaky and your pet may scratch constantly. Dogs can sometimes show the same symptoms as humans such as red eyes, watery eyes, runny nose, and sneezing, but the skin symptoms are more common. Another symptom that can indicate allergies is frequent ear infections.
What can I give my dog to treat an allergic reaction?
It is always best to have a veterinarian check out any symptoms of allergies before you give your pet any medication. A vet will most likely prescribe an antihistamine and may give you cream or lotion to help heal the skin. If possible, you can better control allergies if you remove what is causing them from your pet’s environment.
Get Help from a Local Veterinarian
If you are in the Montebello, Lynwood, or East Los Angeles area and believe your pet may have an allergy, contact Casillas Veterinary Hospitals today at (323) 726-1525 to set up an appointment. The veterinarian will examine your furry friend and help you find a way to treat the allergy. Your pet won’t have to stay in the animal hospital unless the allergic reaction has created a problem with breathing, which is very rare. Don’t let your pet suffer another day when help is just a call away.