Having a pet can be an incredibly rewarding experience. The memories you create last a lifetime and there's no better feeling than seeing a pet healthy and loved. However, there are many issues to handle as an owner and one of the most common is pet allergies. At Sunrise Pet Hospital in Anaheim, we treat allergic reactions and other related issues. If you need an animal hospital and pet medical services in the Anaheim area, we are here to help. Learn more about pet allergies below.
Types of Allergies Pets Contract
Like humans, pets can be prone to several different allergies. Pets may have allergies to specific foods or suffer from seasonal allergies. Skin allergies are common and can be treated with medication from a veterinarian. Ear infections caused by allergies are also frequent in pets, especially dogs. These can be painful for your pet and require medical treatment to keep them healthy.
Diagnosing Pet Allergies
Our veterinarian will complete a thorough examination of your pet. During this process, the vet will look for clinical signs associated with allergies. For example, some pets are more prone to rashes, while others have irritated skin. We may ask about your pet's behavior including their diet and outdoor activity. We will also examine the fur for signs of fleas or other parasites. If your pet is an indoor-only cat, we will note this during the exam. In some cases, a skin biopsy may be necessary to identify allergies.
Pet Allergy Treatment
Our veterinarian will work with you to create an individualized plan for treating your pet’s allergies. Depending on the severity and type of allergy, we may recommend over-the-counter medications such as antihistamines or corticosteroids or we may suggest natural remedies like acupuncture or homeopathy.
In more extreme cases, immunotherapy may be recommended to desensitize your pet’s body to the allergen responsible for its symptoms. Food allergies are relatively easy to treat since it is a matter of changing your pet's diet and monitoring how he reacts to the food. However, there can be a lot of trial and error with the process.
Contact Sunrise Pet Hospital in Anaheim for Pet Allergy Treatment
At Sunrise Pet Hospital, Dr. Jang specializes in allergenic treatment for pets. If you would like your pet to live the best quality of life, contact us to make an appointment and learn more about how we can help your pet's allergies. Call our team today at (714) 283-0227 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.