Just like humans, pets can suffer from allergies. These allergies can be frustrating and debilitating for your animal. It is important to get them treated before they worsen or cause other health complications. At Animal Medical Center of Pleasanton in Pleasanton, CA, our vet diagnoses and treats pet allergies. We offer a variety of other pet care services as well. Our goal is to keep your pet healthy and happy.
Causes of Pet Allergies
Many things can cause pet allergies. Your dog or cat could react to an ingredient in food. Some breeds have more issues with food sensitivity than others. Other things that can cause your animal to itch, swell, and feel miserable include:
- Fleas or other parasites, like ticks
- Second-hand cigarette smoke
- Campfire smoke
- High air pollution
- Household cleaners
- Human bathing products
When your animal is suffering from allergies, it may have runny eyes, red, itchy skin, bumps on the skin, and more.
Puppy and Kitten Preventative Care
Your puppy or kitten may be susceptible to certain things in its environment, depending on the situation. If we haven't seen your new puppy or kitten yet, it's always a good idea to bring your puppy or kitten in. Your pet may be susceptible to allergies based on its lifestyle or environment. Our vet can provide allergy medication for your animal to avoid allergy symptoms and reactions.
When to Seek Treatment
All dogs and cats lick or groom themselves periodically. While this is normal, your furry companion should never spend excessive time itching, scratching, or licking. You'll know it's extreme when it seems like your pet can't rest properly because of it. The paws or skin might also look bright red, raw, or shiny.
Other signs your pet needs to be seen for possible allergies include:
- Bright or dark red inner ears that look flushed
- Irritated, swollen, or tender red or warm skin on the armpits or stomach
- Red in the eyes where the whites should be
- Coughing or sneezing
- Quickly turning and biting at the base of the tail near the lower back
- Red spots on random areas of the body
- Yellowing of the skin in the paw pads
- Passing gas often
- Swelling of the feet, eyes, mouth, or area around the nose
You should call our vet and let us know what you're seeing. We'll be able to ask you diagnostic questions over the phone, and then, depending on how severe things might be, try to get your pet seen as soon as possible.
Visit Our Veterinary Team in Pleasanton, CA for Pet Allergy Treatment
If your pet is showing signs of allergies, we can help. Don’t wait to seek treatment, as your animal’s condition could worsen. At Animal Medical Center of Pleasanton in Pleasanton, CA, our vet provides allergy treatment and preventative care to keep your animal healthy. Our team will guide you on how to avoid allergy triggers and keep your pet healthy and comfortable. We are happy to answer any questions you have. Call us today to schedule an appointment.