Have you noticed your pet scratching uncontrollably? Do you see inflamed areas or runny eyes? If so, your pet may have an allergy of some type that requires medical attention. Pet owners living in the Memphis, Cordova, and Bartlett areas, have access to our comprehensive veterinarian services. Treatments offered at PetVax Affordable Care Hospitals range from wellness checkups to allergy screenings and vaccinations to more serious illness and injury procedures.
Does Your Pet Have Allergy Symptoms?
Many pet owners are unaware of the fact that their pets can have allergies just as humans do and that pets often have the same types of symptoms. Allergies in cats and dogs are a common condition that usually manifests itself in the forms of either an environmental allergy or a food allergy. What may begin as a seasonal allergy can lead to more serious year-round problems, if preventative measures are not aggressively pursued. This is why it is important to schedule an appointment with our veterinarians upon observing the first signs of pet allergies.
Symptoms of Pet Allergy
Some of the most common symptoms that present when your cat or dog has an allergy can include:
- Itchy skin
- Dermatological hot spots
- Ear problems
- Respiratory problems
- Paw licking
- Violent head shaking
Treatments for Symptomatic Pet Allergies
Dogs and cats with mild or seasonal allergy symptoms can usually be managed with medications that include topical products or sprays. Our veterinarians may want to prescribe special shampoos and/or conditioners for the animal's coat that contain ingredients to combat these types of allergies.
Topical Allergy Therapies
Certain sprays, conditioners, and shampoos may be infused with ingredients that can help reduce the itching that your pet may experience during an allergy attack. Because of the differences between the PH balance of human skin and that of dogs and cats, human shampoos should not be used on animals.
Oral antihistamines, such as hydroxyzine or Benadryl, can help reduce itching in some allergic pets. Our veterinarians will be able to tell you which one will be best for your pet.
In some cases, our veterinarians may want to make dietary adjustments for your pet. This can be a trial and error until the cause of your pet’s food allergy is found. We will be able to give you more information about dietary adjustments.
Schedule an Appointment for Your Pet
At PetVax Affordable Care Hospitals, we are well-equipped to administer state-of-the-art diagnostic testing to determine the causes of your pet's allergies and to help come up with the best possible treatment plan for attaining the fastest relief for your pet. If you live in the Memphis, Cordoba, Bartlett, and the surrounding areas, please call 901-654-3110 to schedule an appointment for your pet.