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Posted on 01-02-2013
Is your pet in pain from skin allergies? Below, our veterinarian answers your most frequently asked questions about allergies in pets:
Initially, it may be difficult for pet owners to distinguish between normal itching and an allergic reaction. Dogs and cats may itch their face, ears, groin and paws. Excessive scratching or biting can cause dogs to lose patches of their skin. Cats may repeatedly vomit up hairballs. If you suspect that your pet has allergies, our veterinarian may recommend veterinary intradermal testing (IDT) at an animal hospital. This allergy skin test will determine your pet’s sensitivity to environmental allergens.
Many of the same allergens that trigger an allergic response in humans also trigger a response in pets. Pollen, mites, mold, dander, and insects are common causes. A single fleabite, for example, can trigger a painful allergic reaction in dogs lasting for over one week.
How are my pet’s allergies treated?
Allergy shots or oral medication may help reduce your pet’s reaction to environmental allergens. While allergies can never be 100% “cured,” our goal as veterinarians is to reduce the severity of your pet’s symptoms.
Does your pet suffer from skin allergies?
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