Signs that your dog or cat is suffering from allergies can include a wide range of symptoms such as itching, scratching, biting, rubbing, licking, having red skin, hair loss, and occasionally watery eyes or sneezing. These symptoms may be present throughout the year or only during a particular season. The typical triggers of allergy symptoms include flea saliva, dust, mites, plant and grass pollens, molds, and fungi. Once your pet’s allergies are activated by exposure to these environmental allergens, inflammation and irritation of the skin, and possibly the development of a secondary skin infection can occur.
At Viking Drive Veterinary Hospital, we will examine your pet and review your pet’s symptoms and lifestyle to help determine if your pet has problems with allergies. As one of the few pet hospitals that does allergy testing in the Bossier City area, we will draw a blood sample and send it off to Nextmune for analysis. Within 7 to 10 days, Nextmune will send us the test results that consist of a catalog of the specific allergens to which your pet is allergic. We will also receive a treatment recommendation from the company that is personalized to your pet’s needs. Allergy treatments are available in the form of injections or drops that are extremely safe and effective.
Our veterinarian will strive to establish a long term relationship with each client so that we can monitor the progression of the condition and how it is responding to treatment. We offer treatment to pets in Shreveport, Haughton, Blanchard, Vivian and the surrounding area who are suffering from allergies. If you feel your pet may have chronic allergies, schedule an appointment for an evaluation today.