Pet Allergy Treatment
Our pets can have allergies, too, but their symptoms might not manifest in ways you would expect. At the Veterinary Clinic of Lubbock, we know how allergies can wreak havoc on pets and their families if left untreated. Our goal is to inform owners of the warning signs so they can seek cat and dog allergy treatment before the symptoms lead to other problems. Call us at 806-792-8387 to treat your pet’s allergies today.
leaCommon Allergy Symptoms in Pets
No two pets are alike, and depending on what is causing their allergies, their symptoms will not necessarily be the same, either. They can include:
- Excessive scratching due to severe itching
- Itchy, runny eyes
- Red, itchy, inflamed and/or scabbed skin
- Itching at base of tail
- Itchy paws; many pets will lick and chew at their feet
- Hair loss, often between the toes and other areas
- Red, inflamed, itchy ears
- Diarrhea, frequent bowel movements
Itching of the skin is also known as pruritis and is caused by the release of histamines from mast cells in the body to combat allergens. Itching is a common allergy symptom in pets and should be addressed as early as possible to prevent further scratching and licking, leading to infection.
Types of Cat and Dog Allergies
There are three types of allergies we generally see in pets. These include contact allergies, food allergies, and atopy, which can be seasonal. Contact allergies usually occur in brief episodes, while food allergies are usually year-round and result in itchy ears and backsides, vomiting, stomach growling, and more frequent bowel movements. Atopy involves licking and chewing at the feet and lots of scratching.
With contact allergies, the ideal solution is to reduce your pet’s exposure to irritating allergens. Atopy can be treated in a number of ways, including:
- Omega 3 fatty acids
- Oatmeal baths
- Apoquel (immune system modulator)
- Allergy testing
- Regionally-specific immunotherapy
- Cytopoint injections
- Strategic use of steroids
Schedule a Visit with the Veterinary Clinic of Lubbock
If your pet is in need of veterinary care or due for their semi-annual examination, please contact our team for assistance. Some of the other services we offer include pet wellness care, vaccinations, surgical services, spay & neuter, dentistry, parvovirus vaccination, parasite prevention, and tick protection. We look forward to seeing you and your pet soon!