Tips for Managing Your Pet’s Allergies

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Allergies are not a strictly human problem: Pets can have them, too.  Unfortunately, it can be difficult for pet owners to realize that their dogs and cats have a problem, because while humans usually sneeze or have breathing problems in response to allergens, dogs and cats get skin issues.  They itch and have problems attendant with itching—including bloody scratches.  This article will address several of the ways that you can manage your pet’s allergies:

Get a Diagnosis

It is important to get a diagnosis for an allergy, because otherwise, your vet won’t know exactly how to treat it. At veterinary practices that are part of Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, we offer a variety of different ways to determine whether or not your pet has an allergy, including both blood and skin tests.

Get a Shot and Take a Pill

Steroid shots and pills are not uncommon in the treatment of human asthma, and they may be used on your pets as well. More typical, however, will be the use of antihistamines, which will help block the immune system’s “overreaction” to the allergen.

Get Rid of Fleas

There’s no such thing as a dog or a cat that enjoys having fleas, but for an animal with a flea allergy, a flea infestation is downright torturous. Animals with other allergies can also benefit from not having fleas around because fleas are so often a vector for infection; a number of conditions, including heartworm and Lyme disease, are transmitted via flea or tick.Managing allergies is much easier when your animal is healthy, so talk to your vet about proper flea and tick control.

Take a Bath

Part of comprehensive pet care for allergies may involve giving your pet specially-medicated baths on a regular basis. Whether or not you undertake this project will depend upon the type of allergy your pet has, but medicated baths are often helpful in reducing itching and other symptoms.

If your pet has allergies, then you should take it to one of the veterinary practices associated with Chastain Veterinary Medical Group. At Chastain Veterinary Medical group, we’re dedicated to every aspect of pet care, including allergies, and we offer pet boarding and pet grooming. We have locations in both the north Dallas and McKinney, Texas areas. For more information, please call either Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas at 877-296-5995 or call Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney at 972-439-1344 .

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