Little River Veterinary Clinic Treats Pet Allergies
Allergies and their symptoms can be troublesome problems for pets, causing physical discomfort and even additional health issues. Animals can have a reaction to a number of different allergens, and sometimes, more than one allergen. Some breeds are more prone to allergies than others as well. At Little River Veterinary Clinic in Fairfax, VA, we help pets with allergies be healthier and more comfortable.
Does Your Pet Suffer from Allergies?
You may notice your pets itching and scratching continuously. Skin in areas of their bodies may look red and inflamed. Your animals may lick at areas of their bodies, shake their heads because of ear discomfort, or develop eye or ear discharges. Food allergies can also occur that cause pets to experience frequent vomiting, diarrhea, excessive gas, and skin or ear problems.
Common Causes of Allergies
As in humans, animals can be allergic to grass, pollen, and molds that are a seasonal problem. Fleabites cause allergic reactions, too. In some cases, the food pets eat can cause sensitivities that cause reactions. Common foods that may cause allergy problems include beef, chicken, eggs, wheat, dairy, soy, and fish.
Our Vet Can Help Determine the Source of the Problem
Our veterinarian can perform skin or blood tests that help to pinpoint the allergy problem, so an effective treatment can be provided. For food allergies, our vet may suggest an "elimination diet” that restricts feeding the animal to only one food at a time to determine which ones cause symptoms. In this way, pet owners can find out which foods are best tolerated.
Treatments for Common Pet Allergies
Our veterinarian may decide to treat your pet with antihistamine compounds to reduce symptoms. Steroid drugs are also prescribed to reduce inflammation and to make breathing easier. Some medications may need to be taken on a seasonal or ongoing basis. If the elimination diet uncovers a food allergy, our vet can advise you on foods with other ingredient combinations that will provide good nutrition for your pet. Pet owners can find pet foods with a wide variety of alternative ingredients at large retail pet stores.
Make Little River Veterinary Clinic Your Veterinarian for Pet Allergy Treatment
Dr. Judy Downs and our team at Little River Veterinary Clinic provide compassionate, experienced care for all of our patients in Fairfax, VA, and the surrounding areas. We offer many veterinary services to keep pets healthy, including preventative care, vaccinations, surgery, microchipping, laser therapy, emergency care, and grooming. Contact Little River Veterinary Clinic today at 703-273-5110 for an appointment to discuss today’s effective treatments for allergies in pets.