Treatment for Pet Allergies at Thornapple Veterinary Medical Center in Middleville, MI
Just as we humans sometimes find ourselves sneezing at pollen, swelling up because of a food allergy, or itching after coming in contact with a certain plant or bug, our pets also unknowingly run into allergens that bring about similar reactions. Here at Thornapple Veterinary Medical Center in Middleville, MI, we understand that your pets love to run, play, and explore, making it even more likely for them to come across a stimulus that causes an allergic reaction. Our practice prioritizes thorough and attentive care, working together with you and your pets toward the best solution for any health issue. Call us for an appointment if your pet shows allergic symptoms.
Types of Allergies and Their Symptoms
Allergies to something in a pet’s environment, like a plant, an ingredient in their food, or to flea or tick bites can all cause irritating reactions on the skin like itching, redness, bumps, and rashes. Your veterinarian will work to narrow down the root cause in order to find the most effective treatment. Most types of allergies can produce itching and irritation of the skin. This easily leads to red inflamed areas called hot spots, dry skin and flaking, and even bleeding from the pet constantly scratching and licking.
All pets experience adverse reactions to bites and infestations of fleas, ticks, and ear mites, but some have a stronger allergy to these parasites than others. The saliva of these parasites naturally irritates the skin. Fortunately, infestation of these insects is treatable with regular doses of flea repellent and, if the infestation has spread to your home, using products on carpet and other soft areas.
Allergies to food or anything else your pet ingests usually shows up as hives or swelling of the face, throat, or paws, and is often accompanied by vomiting or diarrhea. If an allergen isn’t immediately apparent, try preparing a bland mix of cooked chicken and white rice for your pet's next few meals after bringing him to the veterinarian.
Allergic reactions to allergens in a pet’s habitat may be the most difficult to assess and treat, since your pet probably explores parts of your yard you aren’t even aware of. Even if the exact allergen is unknown, your veterinarian can still look at safe medication options to make your pet comfortable.