Caring Hands Veterinary Clinic is proud to offer the best medical care to the pets of Philadelphia. Many of our patients deal with mild or severe allergies. These allergies can make life unpleasant or even cause severe reactions. Pet allergy prevention and treatment are essential parts of overall health and happiness for your pet. Your pet’s comfort and well-being are what motivates our veterinary care team to provide only the most excellent care. If your pet is experiencing an allergic reaction, it should receive medical attention as soon as possible.
What Causes Pet Allergies?
Pet allergies often work similarly to human allergies. Just like humans, your pet’s skin is its largest organ. Its health is essential to vital bodily functions and overall quality of life. Left untreated, allergies can cause lethargy, discomfort, fatigue, pain, and swelling. In severe cases, allergic reactions can result in death. It is no wonder that pet owners want to keep their furry friends healthy and free of unpleasant allergic reactions.
Allergies and hormonal imbalances can lead to infections. Skin irritations are a common result. Our team works to prevent allergies from reaching these stages. If your pet is already experiencing these symptoms, our veterinarian will make it his mission to restore your pet’s health. We are ready to offer the best care possible to resolve your pet’s allergies.
Treatments for Pet Allergies
As Benjamin Franklin famously said to the people of Philadelphia, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This is especially true for pet allergies. The most effective treatment is preventing your pet from encountering the allergen. This can be more or less difficult depending on the type of allergy. Flea allergy dermatitis is best treated by eliminating and preventing flea infestations, while food allergies require certain dietary changes.
Some pets can benefit from allergy relief medications. These can mitigate the effects of allergens on your pet. This helps relieve itching and prevent skin infections caused by excessive scratching. These medications can be helpful, but they cannot replace lifestyle or dietary changes. It is often beneficial if more than one approach is taken for the treatment of pet allergies.