Pet allergies could strike at any time, for a variety of reasons. If your dog or cat seems to be suffering from an allergic reaction, it is best to contact Natural Holistic Health Care to make an appointment with our veterinarian in North Miami Beach for an assessment. Knowing the signs of a problem, the potential triggers that cause reactions, and what to do if an allergic reaction is noticed will help in keeping your pet in the best of health.
Pet Allergy Triggers
There are many potential situations that could trigger a pet to have an allergic reaction. Like people, dogs and cats may only be sensitive to specific triggers. A pet with an environmental allergy will have difficulty around certain trees, pollen, plants, or mold spores. A pet with a digestive allergy will have a reaction when it eats certain foods. Skin allergies are caused by environmental triggers, parasites, or chemical agents.
The Signs of an Allergic Reaction
The symptoms a dog or cat will display depends upon the type of allergy it suffers from. Environmental allergies are usually accompanied with sneezing, coughing, wheezing, and watery eyes. Pets suffering from a food allergy will usually have stomach ailments such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or constipation. They may also avoid eating or eat less than usual. Dogs or cats suffering from a skin allergy may scratch at their coat in an attempt to stop itchiness or pain. There may also be visible bumps, lesions, or flaking skin present. Pets may also bite at their fur, leading to missing patches of fur. Some pets are allergic to fleas, which will lead to skin issues.
What to Do if Your Pet Has an Allergy
If your pets' behavior changes or if you notice any of the above symptoms, they may be suffering from an allergic reaction. It is best to contact our veterinarian so an emergency appointment can be made to treat your pet as needed. Our vet will conduct an assessment of your dog or cat's condition and make recommendations about the proper treatment necessary to relieve symptoms. Tests can also be conducted to identify triggers for your pets' allergies. If an allergy is suspected, our vet will provide your pet with holistic treatment to relieve symptoms without causing additional health risks in the process.
At the first signs of a potential allergic reaction, contact Natural Holistic Health Care to meet with our veterinarian in North Miami Beach. We are available not just for pet allergies, but also to provide pet care services, including emergency treatment, routine examinations, and preventative care. Fill out our online appointment form to reserve a timeslot.