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Posted on 06-27-2017

When to Take Your Pet to Our Veterinarian near Houston for Allergy Treatment

Our animal hospital offers safe and effective treatments for all types of pet allergies, such as food, seasonal, environmental and allergies to parasites. Common pet allergens (specific irritants causing the allergy) include mold spores, weed/grass/tree pollen, house dust mites, food proteins, flea bites and cleaning products. As a kitten or puppy, your pet may not have been allergic to anything but can suddenly develop an allergy as an adult. If you think your pet is suffering symptoms of an allergy, schedule an appointment with our vets near Houston for treatment.

Family enjoying time with their allergy-free dog.

Signs of Pet Allergies

  • Redness - inflamed eyes with or without discharge may indicate conjunctivitis due to allergens infiltrating your pet's eyes. Rubbing the face frequently, pawing at the eyes, squinting for no reason or rubbing the nose or face against the carpet are further symptoms of an allergy in pets.
  • Scratching the ears - head shaking and ear discharge/infection is common to pets with allergies. Congestion and runny nose can attract bacteria that find their way into an animal's ear canals where they thrive in moist, dark environments.
  • Sneezing - wheezing and nasal discharge are symptoms of classic symptoms of seasonal allergies. In some cases, pets with food allergies may also sneeze and wheeze. Your veterinarian near Houston will conduct tests to determine if symptoms are due to food proteins or pollen.
  • Frequent gagging and coughing - means allergens and nasal discharge may be irritating your pet's throat and windpipe. Some pets may appear to swallow forcefully multiple times in succession to try to get rid of the tickling and scratching in their throat.
  • Constant scratching - chewing, biting and licking the same skin areas are common in pets suffering all types of allergies. "Hot spots" typically develop on the animal's feet, armpits, stomach, and base of the tail. Your veterinarian may diagnose your pet with pyrotraumatic dermatitis if your pet's hot spots are severely inflamed and infected.

Contact Our Local Houston Animal Hospital Today!

Relief for pet allergies provided by your vets near Houston includes topical or oral medications as well as holistic treatments involving nutritional and dietary modification. Contact our veterinary animal hospital today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ahrens at 281-440-444.

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