Dealing with Cat & Dog Allergies

Seasonal allergies are a major issue for dogs, cats, and even some exotic pets here in Laurel. A high pollen count can wreak havoc on your pet, causing a variety of frustrating symptoms that can get worse with time. Our animal hospital routinely treats allergy cases, and while cat and dog allergies can be stubborn, they can also be managed with the right combination of diagnostics and therapy.

How Do I Know If My Pet Has Allergies?

A lot of different conditions can result in symptoms similar to those caused by allergies, so you may not be able to tell right off the bat if your pet is in fact suffering from an allergy. However, there are signs you can use as an indicator that your pet should see their veterinarian sooner rather than later.

Dog scratching itself: Pet Allergies in Laurel
  • Constant scratching
  • Red and inflamed skin
  • Open sores on the skin from licking and scratching
  • Discharge from the eyes and nose
  • Sneezing
  • Redness and swelling around the eyes
  • Scaly, itchy patches of skin

What Causes Allergies in Pets?

Along with pollen, there are many other allergens that can cause problems for pets:

  • Mold
  • Grass
  • Dust
  • Mites
  • Fleas
  • Ragweed
  • Cottonwood
  • Ingredients in their food, including wheat, eggs, pork, lamb, and beef
  • Lawn fertilizers

Diagnosing and Treating Your Pet

To know for sure if your pet has an allergy, we need to perform a thorough exam and diagnostics. A misdiagnosis can easily result in an unsuccessful (or potentially harmful) treatment, leaving your pet worse off than before. We often use commercial labs to assist with allergy testing to get the best diagnosis, and can then go over all possible treatment options for your pet.

Pet allergies can be managed well with persistent, quality treatment. Just call our animal hospital in Laurel at (301) 498-8387 to learn more and request an appointment.