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Pet Allergies

Pets can suffer from allergy symptoms, just as people do. In fact, pets can have similar triggers, like environmental and food allergies, and symptoms from an allergy, such as a rash or itchiness. If you have a cat or dog that you believe has an allergy, contact Viking Drive Veterinary Hospital in Bossier City to meet with our veterinarians for a pet assessment. Read over the following information about pet allergies and learn how veterinary care at our animal hospital can be beneficial.

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The Symptoms of an Allergy

Make it a priority to observe your pet's normal behavior so that you are aware when there is a behavioral change, which can indicate that your pet may be suffering from a medical difficulty. Allergic reactions come in many forms. If your pet is suffering from a food allergy, your pet may vomit or have gastrointestinal issues, like diarrhea. A pet with an environmental allergy may have symptoms similar to a common cold like sneezing, wheezing, coughing, or runny eyes. Some pets are allergic to chemicals or ingredients in shampoos, soaps, or topical medications. This type of allergy usually causes problems to a pet's skin such as dryness, rashes, or itchiness.

How to Minimize Reactions

To help your pet avoid an allergic reaction, it is necessary to know what triggers them. If you believe your pet has a food allergy, eliminate the suspected trigger from your pet's diet to see if the allergy symptoms subside. Invest in an air cleaner for your home if your pet suffers from an environmental, such as dust, mold, or pollen. A pet with a skin allergy requires less frequent bathing sessions to help reduce dryness of the skin. Switch the shampoo to one without harsh ingredients. 

How Veterinary Care Can Help

When you bring your cat or dog to our animal hospital with a suspected allergy, our Bossier City veterinarians will first conduct a full examination of your pet's medical condition to determine whether the symptoms are triggered by certain conditions. If an allergy is definitely the reason for your pet's distress, medication may be administered to reduce symptoms quickly. Our veterinarians can also run tests to help discover what your pet may be allergic to. After the symptoms subside, your pet may require additional preventative care to keep allergic reactions from flaring up in the future. This includes avoiding triggers and using medication to thwart allergy attacks.  

Contact Viking Drive Veterinary Hospital in Bossier City to make an appointment with our veterinary team if you think your pet has an allergy. Use our handy appointment request form via our website to select your appointment time and date to see our veterinarians for a pet examination. We will then send you a confirmation email. You can also contact our animal hospital at 318-747-9150 to schedule an appointment for your pet. 

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