Pets, like humans, can have allergies. There are multiple causes of allergies, but Dr. Cameau at Miami Shores Animal Clinic in Miami can help. Let’s look at some of the questions that we run into regarding pet allergies.

What Can Pets be Allergic To?

Pets can be allergic to many things, which can make a diagnosis challenging. Generally, the types of allergies are environmental, chemical, and food allergies. Environmental allergies include pollen and dust. Chemical allergies include cleaning products and smoke. Food allergies include dairy and wheat.

How are Allergies Diagnosed?

There are a few ways a veterinarian can diagnose allergies in your pet. Food allergies are diagnosed with an Ige test, which is a type of blood test. An elimination diet may also be used. Your vet will prescribe hypoallergenic food. Over time, potential allergens are added back to your pet’s diet one at a time. If your pet begins showing allergy symptoms, it is allergic to the most recent ingredient.

Environmental and chemical allergens can be diagnosed with a blood test, known as RAST. Intradermal  skin testing can also be used for environmental allergens. This method inserts a small amount of the allergen beneath the skin.

What are the Symptoms of Allergies?

The symptoms of allergies vary, but there are some common symptoms you should be aware of. Skin symptoms are common in pets. These include a rash, sores on the skin, and hair loss. Your pet may also lick or scratch frequently. Other signs of allergies include watery or red eyes, sneezing, and wheezing.

Should I Bring My Pet to the Vet For Allergy Treatment?

Most allergies in pets are not life-threatening, but they can make your pet very uncomfortable. Allergies can also lead to serious issues, including ear or skin infections. If you suspect your pet has allergies, you should get it examined by a vet.

How Can a Vet Treat My Pet’s Allergies?

Treatment will depend on your pet’s symptoms and allergy triggers. When possible, the best treatment is to eliminate the allergen. If your pet is allergic to fleas, preventative flea treatment is the best course of action. If it is allergic to corn, you will need to give your pet a corn-free diet.

Unfortunately, not all allergens can be avoided. Pollen and dust are common allergens that your pet will be exposed to. In these cases, your pet may be prescribed allergy medication. This could include antihistamines and corticosteroids, depending on the severity of your dog’s symptoms. If there are secondary issues due to allergies, like a skin infection, your vet will also treat these issues.

Get Allergy Treatment at Miami Shores Animal Clinic

If your pet is suffering from allergies in Miami, contact Miami Shores Animal Clinic. Dr. Cameau will start by diagnosing your pet’s allergies and then create a treatment plan. Call our team today at (305) 757-3030 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.