If you’re prone to spring allergies, you might have overlooked the possibility that your pet might be suffering with a similar problem.
Have you noticed any of the following symptoms in your pet?
• Sneezing, watery eyes, mild itchiness: Mild
• One skin/ear infection per allergy season: Moderate
• Chronic recurrent skin/ear infections: Severe
So what’s your pet allergic to? Take a look at what’s common:
1. Fleas, please and no, thank you. This one absolutely ranks as the number one allergy seen at Town N Country, even when clients say “My wee dog only goes outside to potty” or “Our kitties are indoors.” Tenacious fleas work their way into your house more easily than you can imagine – especially with warm, cold and warm again weather.
2. Allergies on the Menu. Food allergies commonly plague many furry patients. A good beginning would be to discuss your pet’s medical history and life habits with your vet to find the best solution. Sometimes a food trial is necessary. Once the allergen has been identified, products like Instinct’s Limited Ingredient and Purina HA (Hypoallergenic) bring welcome results.
3. A Product of the Environment. Your pet can be susceptible to the same allergens that bother you. Believe it or not, we tested one of our nurse’s dogs, and he was allergic to her cat! A blood test tells the tale and gives us the necessary information to treat.
Finding a Treatment Plan. Symptoms can make your pet uncomfortable, but the right treatment can alleviate pain, itchiness or other symptoms. A combination of antihistamines, steroids, antibiotics, antifungals can bring relief.
However, if symptoms are treated without determining and eliminating the underlying allergy, symptoms will return. A holistic approach means that your pet’s symptoms are attended to as steps are taken to discover the culprit of the symptoms.
With treatment and tests, we can quickly ascertain if your pet is a once-a-year or once-a-month recurrent case.
Stop the effects of your pet’s allergies – give us a call and let’s set up a time to chat and have a look at your dog or cat.