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Posted on 06-06-2017
Like people, animals can suffer from allergies that make them miserable and that require treatment to allow them to live comfortable, healthy lives. Allergies in pets can take a number of forms. Often, dogs or cats will have frequent ear infections, discharge from the eyes and nose, or skin reactions that can sometimes lead to secondary bacterial infections. Food allergies can cause digestive problems, such as vomiting, diarrhea or frequent gas.
Often, the most difficult part of dealing with a pet’s allergy is determining what is causing the problem. In some cases, allergens in the environment cause the reactions. Pollen, dander, mold, dust mites, smoke and cleaning products are common causes of allergies. Some animals may have a reaction to medications they are taking. Some problems can be caused by sensitivities to ingredients in their food. A skin test may be needed to pinpoint the particular allergen. For food allergies, the vet may recommend eliminating foods, one by one, to determine which component is causing the problem.
Once the likely allergen is found, your Gainesville veterinarian will advise you on the best ways to help your pet manage the allergy. The vet may prescribe medications that help to treat sneezing, eye discharge and ear problems or open up bronchial passages. Injections may be necessary to help reduce symptoms. Antibiotics may be administered to reduce inflammation. Owners may also be advised to vacuum and clean home interiors more frequently or to bathe the animal more often. A change in diet may be necessary to relieve symptoms.
The veterinarians and friendly staff at Millhopper Veterinary Medical Center are dedicated to providing compassionate, individualized care for their patients in Gainesville and surrounding communities. We offer wellness exams, sick animal care, vaccinations, parasite prevention, dental care, dermatology, cardiology, neurology, ophthalmology care, surgery, spay and neuter services, diagnostics, pharmacy, behavioral counseling, nutritional counseling, acupuncture and chiropractic care. We can also arrange pet pick-up or home visits, by appointment. Contact Millhopper Veterinary Medical Center today for an appointment to learn about treatment for your pet’s allergies.
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