Diagnosing pet allergies in Bluffton, SC

Diagnosing pet allergies in Bluffton, SC starts with recognizing the symptoms. Your car is covered in that wonderful yellow pollen of Bluffton, SC and you know that the allergies are going to kick in, for you as well as for your pets. 

So, if you find yourself saying “bless you” when you’re home alone with your dog or cat, you may wonder if your pet has allergies too. 

Symptoms of Pet allergies in Bluffton, SC

Red, watery, itchy eyes can be a sign of dust or pollen allergies, as can sneezing or coughing. Grass, mildew, tree pollen and dust can all contribute to excessive paw licking and constant scratching can be a sign of flea allergies or bites, food allergies, or contact allergies. 

All of the symptoms, when unchecked, can lead to other issues. Some common secondary symptoms may include:

  • Staph and skin infections
  • Respiratory problems
  • Weight loss
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Increased salivation
  • Pain

Allergies for Pets in Bluffton, SC

Allergies are more common than you may think with pets. Some are seasonal, hay fever, pollen, certain mildews and molds, and some, like food allergies and allergies to insects can affect your animal at any time during the year.

Almost every allergy has the symptom of itching and scratching. Fleas are itchy enough, but if your animal has an allergy to flea bites, the scratching can cause loss of hair, lesions, and lead to infections.

Environmental allergies are particularly symptomatic. Cat’s are partial to allergies to chemicals, and fragrances. There are also many allergens that your animal can contract through their paws just by stepping on dirt that contains those particular substances.

Food allergies are probably the most common. Your animal may not just be particular, they may actually be allergic to certain ingredients in their food or treats. 

Diagnosing Pet Allergies

Just as with humans the first step is usually intradermal allergy testing. By testing spots on the skin, the veterinary staff can determine if any particular environmental allergen triggers a reaction. In some cases a more comprehensive blood work up may be required but blood based testing doesn’t always provide the best results.

For food allergies you may be asked to try dietary elimination  with your pet. By taking away certain ingredients, foods, or treats for a period of time to see if there is a change, the staff can come up with a better nutritional plan for your pet. Making sure, of course, that their finicky side is addressed.

Treatment For Pet Allergies

Fleas have to be eradicated in the home as well as on your pet. There are many treatments that can be given to your pets and the veterinary staff will help you determine which treatment is best for your animal. If they are prone to environmental allergens other than fleas, there are options and the staff will discuss that with you.

Changing your pets food is always a bit of a chore, but the overall health of your pet is worth the effort. We can work with you to come up with the best foods to combat any allergies they may have.

So, if your dog is scratching uncontrollably or your cat is sneezing for what seems like hours, give us a call at (843) 580-6209 to schedule an appointment today.