Allergies can affect everyone in your household. Even your pets are not immune to the effects of allergens. Reach out to us at Sheehy Animal Hospital if your pet is experiencing an allergic reaction. Take your pet to our location in Livonia, MI, so that they can receive immediate treatment.
How You and Your Veterinarian Can Deal with Common Pet Allergens
To reduce the chances of your pet having an allergic reaction, you need to know the specific things that may trigger it. The common allergens that affect cats and dogs are food, plants, parasites, and other animals.
Food allergens are tricky to deal with because you may not see your pet’s adverse reaction until he has eaten the troublesome food or item in question. If you want to avoid getting to that point, you might be able to get your pet tested early by a veterinarian.
Plant and animal allergens pose a greater risk to cats and dogs who spend a lot of time outside. Unfortunately, it’s hard to protect your pet against those allergens because you may not know what triggered the reaction in the first place. Take your pet to the animal hospital right away if they have had a severe reaction after venturing outside.
You should have protections in place for parasites. Flea collars deter their namesake insects, but it might be easier just to give your pet chewable.
What Are the Signs Your Pet Is Having an Allergic Reaction?
There are some signs to watch out for if you’re wondering if your pet is having an allergic reaction.
One sign is itchiness. You’ll notice your pet scratching different parts of his body frequently. At this point, a visit to the veterinary facility isn’t required, and the reaction may pass without further issue.
Your pet might also start sneezing and coughing. You may want to check in with a vet depending on how frequent those sneezing and coughing fits are.
Lastly, some pets may experience bouts of vomiting and diarrhea due to allergens. It may be a good idea to go to the animal hospital if this happens because your pet could end up dehydrated otherwise.
Get Veterinary Care from a Vet at Our Animal Hospital
Do your pet a favor and have a veterinarian on our pet care team give him a pet wellness exam. We at Sheehy Animal Hospital are here to help. Bring your pet to our facility in Livonia, MI and we’ll take care of the rest. Call us at (248) 615-7670 for more information.