Pet Allergy Treatment at Veterinary Medical Clinic of Ocean Springs
If you notice your pet is experiencing excessive sneezing, skin irritation, stomach problems, or other issues, these may be signs of an underlying issue occurring. These symptoms are often the result of an allergic reaction. Our team at Veterinary Medical Clinic of Ocean Springs can help assess what triggered the animal’s allergies. After a thorough diagnosis, our Ocean Springs veterinarian will offer various treatment methods to prevent allergies from affecting the pet’s health in the future.
Symptoms of Allergies in Pets
Allergy symptoms can come in many forms. Pets may experience frequent sneezing, watery eyes, discharge from the eyes or nose, ear infections, skin eruptions that don’t respond to standard treatment, or gastrointestinal problems with frequent vomiting and diarrhea. Animals suffering from allergies will often constantly itch, experience swelling around the face and earflaps, or lick their paws excessively. Both cats and dogs can experience allergic reactions.
How Veterinarians Diagnose Pet Allergies
Our veterinarian uses blood tests and skin tests to detect allergic reactions in pets. A skin test injects a small amount of a substance under the skin and looks for a reaction. When an animal has gastrointestinal symptoms, our vet may recommend an elimination diet, where the pet is only fed one type of food at a time to determine which one causes a reaction. In this way, our veterinarian is able to pinpoint specific allergens to find the cause of the reaction.
Treatment of Pet Allergies
Depending on the severity of the reaction, our vet may prescribe certain medications to reduce symptoms. Antihistamines are often used as well as steroid medications. Creams and lotions can help relieve skin problems, and antibiotics are sometimes necessary for allergic reactions on the skin. Careful cleaning of the pet’s environment, frequent bathing, and diet changes can help relieve common allergy symptoms. Appropriate flea and tick prevention methods can help to relieve fleabite allergies.
Contact Us for Pet Allergy Treatment from Our Veterinarian in Ocean Springs, MS
Dr. Angela Christodoulou and our team at Veterinary Medical Clinic of Ocean Springs are dedicated to advancing the health and longevity of pets in Ocean Springs and surrounding areas. We offer various veterinary services, including vaccinations, parasite prevention, dental care, wellness checkups, surgery, nutritional counseling, and more. Contact our Ocean Springs animal clinic today at 228-300-4050 for an appointment or to learn more about allergy treatments that can help your pet.