Fairway Knolls Veterinary Hospital Offers Treatment of Pet Allergies
Allergies can occur in pets, as they do in people, causing uncomfortable symptoms and sometimes serious complications. Veterinarians can help manage allergy symptoms with treatment and advice on avoiding triggers of allergy symptoms. At Fairway Knolls Veterinary Hospital in Bloomington, IL, we provide effective treatments for common pet allergy problems.
What Causes Allergy Reactions?
Allergic reactions are the immune system’s response to a foreign substance in the body. Normally, the immune system protects the body from toxins, bacteria, and viruses. However, in some animals, the immune system becomes triggered by common substances, such as pollen, chemicals, or certain foods. In some cases, a pet may experience an allergic reaction to medication that is administered. The allergic response causes a variety of symptoms, such as swelling in the face, itching, sneezing, inflamed skin, vomiting, constant licking, or hives.
Reactions to Insects
Your pet may be allergic to an insect bite that can cause a reaction on the skin or to the respiratory system. Even fleabites can cause allergic reactions that may require treatment. Regular flea control can help to prevent reactions from fleabites.
Food allergies and sensitivities can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and excessive gas that can make your pet miserable. In some cases, the reactions can also cause skin and respiratory symptoms.
Environmental Allergy Reactions
Allergy symptoms can occur due to contact with substances in the environment. Outdoor contact with pollen, grass, molds, and plants can cause sneezing, watery eyes, coughing, skin eruptions, itching, and licking or biting of the skin. Contact with household cleaners and other substances can also cause these reactions. Narrowing down the triggering allergen can take some time. Your veterinarian can provide medications to help relieve troublesome allergic symptoms.
Treatment of Allergies in Pets
Your veterinarian in Bloomington can prescribe antihistamine medications to calm your pet’s allergy symptoms, decongestants to relieve respiratory issues, or cortisone medications to reduce inflammation. For food allergies, your vet may recommend an elimination diet, which is only feeding your furry animal one food at a time to determine the cause of the reaction. Your veterinarian can also offer non-allergic diets to help reduce symptoms.
Pet Allergy Treatment at Our Animal Hospital in Bloomington
Dr. Tatro, Dr. Anderson, and their team at Fairway Knolls Veterinary Hospital make quality, compassionate veterinary care their priority for all their patients in Bloomington, IL, and surrounding areas. We offer many services for pets at our animal hospital, including exams, preventative care, dental care, diagnostics, surgery, emergency care, and boarding. Call Fairway Knolls Veterinary Hospital today at 309-663-1414 to schedule an appointment, or to learn about the treatments that can help ease your pet’s allergy symptoms.