Pet Allergies

Understanding Pet Allergic Reactions That Affect Your Furry Friends

We at Animal Medical Center in Midlothian have dealt with some pretty severe pet allergy problems in the past. Pet allergies are a particular problem in many parts of VA because of the rural nature of much of the state. As a result, it is crucial for you to understand how to spot these allergic reactions and how a veterinarian can help you manage them.

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Common Pet Allergens We See at Animal Medical Center in Midlothian

Pets are allergic to many of the same things that affect people. For example, many dogs are allergic to trees, grasses, and various weed pollens. This problem is particularly potent for dogs that live in rural areas, though it can affect all types of pets. Other common pet allergens include:

  • Mold
  • Dust
  • House mites
  • Dander 
  • Cigarette smoke 
  • Feathers 
  • Fleas
  • Perfumes
  • Cleaning products 
  • Various types of foods

The last point is particularly problematic for many pets. For example, some dogs may be allergic to nuts and suffer from a dangerous reaction if they get into your nut supply. And their proximity to the ground makes them more prone to suffer from allergic reactions to dust and dust mites.

Symptoms Your Pet is Suffering From an Allergic Reaction

Several common symptoms and behaviors indicate that your pet is allergic to something. Here are a few of the most common:

  • Skin problems, such as itchy and red scabs 
  • Intense scratching that goes beyond normal 
  • Sneezing and agitation 
  • Vomiting and diarrhea 
  • Swollen paws due to biting 
  • Constant licking that is more severe than normal 

How Our Veterinarian Will Determine Your Pet's Allergies 

The easiest way to figure out if your pet has allergies is to perform the skin prick test. This test pricks your pet with various common allergens to see how they react to it. The amount is small enough not to be dangerous but large enough to cause a reaction in your pets. 

Once a reaction occurs, our vets will then determine what is causing the reaction and find a treatment for your pet. Many types of antihistamines are available that can prevent these reactions from getting worse. There are also EpiPens that can be used to treat your pet when an allergic reaction occurs. These tools can actually save your pet's life if their reaction is severe enough.

Getting Help From Our VA Veterinarian 

Don't hesitate to contact us at Animal Medical Center if your Midlothian pet is suffering from acute allergic reactions. We serve this city and the surrounding VA area. You can call us at 804-639-3900 to learn more or to make an appointment with our caring specialists. 

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