North Central Animal Hospital Can Help With Dog Allergies
Like people, dogs can experience allergic reactions from common substances, both indoors and outdoors. These reactions may cause uncomfortable symptoms that require veterinary treatment. At North Central Animal Hospital in Phoenix, AZ, we offer help for dogs troubled by allergy symptoms.
Signs of Dog Allergies
You may begin to suspect an allergy problem if your dog has skin eruptions or ear infections at certain times of the year. The dog's skin may be red and irritated. Pets often scratch at their skin or ears. Hives may break out. The dog may sneeze frequently, paw at the ears, or shake their head. The animal’s eyes may ooze fluid, or areas of the face may seem puffy and swollen. If regular treatment for these symptoms is not effective, and the problem keeps coming back, it could be an allergy.
Dogs can be allergic to grass or plant pollen, mold, animal fibers, and dust mites. Some animals may have reactions to household chemicals, detergents, and other compounds used in the home. Insect bites can cause an allergic reaction, and dogs may even react to fleabites. Dogs can also be allergic to certain foods.
Treating Allergy Symptoms
Your veterinarian will carefully assess your dog’s general health and may administer blood or skin tests. Once the allergen is found, you can begin to eliminate the substance from the animal’s environment or limit contact with outdoor allergens. If needed, the vet will prescribe medications to reduce symptoms. There are many options available to keep them comfortable.
Food allergies and sensitivities present a different type of problem for dogs. They may experience vomiting or diarrhea on a regular basis, which interferes with their ability to get proper nutrition. Skin problems and ear infections can also occur. Beef, chicken, pork, wheat, eggs, and dairy products are common suspects for allergies. Your vet may suggest an “elimination diet," which is feeding a home cooked diet of one food at a time to determine which food is causing the reaction. This is not a balanced long term diet, but in this way, the vet can help you find the best diet for your dog’s needs. Regular diets often contain allergens not listed on the ingredients label and are not acceptable for pets with food allergies. Another option is to feed a prescription hydrolyzed protein diet like z/d that is purified. They can maintain well on these long term diets.
Make North Central Animal Hospital Your Veterinarian For Dog Allergies
Dr. Frank and the team at North Central Animal Hospital provide quality care for each of their patients in Phoenix, AZ, and nearby communities. We offer many services for pets, including exams, preventative care, dental care, vaccinations, diagnostics, surgery, microchipping, grooming, and boarding.
We also care for birds and exotic pets. Call North Central Animal Hospital today at (602) 395-9773 for an appointment to learn how veterinary care can reduce allergy symptoms, so your dog can be more comfortable.