Pets are our treasured companions and our partners for lounging or playing in the yard. At Mission Veterinary Clinic and Animal Emergency Hospital in Granada Hills, we know you want what is best for your pet. Good pet owners stay on top of any health concerns that may start as subtle behaviors or physical signs but can turn into dangerous conditions. Many common health problems appear minor but can lower your pet’s quality of life by causing daily discomfort. Pet allergies can come from several different sources and produce irritating and sometimes life-threatening effects.
How Do Pet Allergies Develop?
Allergic reactions occur when the body comes into contact with a substance that the immune system processes and then registers as harmful even if it is not. Some of the typical things that pets and people develop allergies to include plants, dust, pollen, insect bites, cleaning agents, and certain foods.
The symptoms we notice in our pets and ourselves often include sneezing, red eyes, itchy eyes and nose, skin rashes, swelling, a runny nose, and for pets, excessive licking and pawing at themselves. These symptoms do not come directly from the allergen but instead from the immune system’s efforts to fight it off. Your pet’s runny eyes and nose are the body’s way of trying to flush the harmful substance out.
The histamine that is released through the blood vessels fights off the perceived toxins and may cause inflammation. Bring your pet to our animal hospital for treatment of these allergies and for help preventing these symptoms in the future.
Our Veterinarian Can Identify the Allergens
Allergens can come from many different sources. Simply going outside to use the bathroom or going for a walk may expose your pets to pollen, dust, or plants that can cause skin allergies or sneezing and nasal discharge. Your pets may also run into fleas or ticks. The bites of these pests cause itchy, irritated skin, and some pets are allergic to the insects’ saliva. An allergy to this saliva can cause your pet to experience a more powerful reaction. Ingesting an allergen, perhaps in new food or a sudden reaction to a familiar diet, can cause hives, vomiting and diarrhea, and swelling. Dr. Li can perform a thorough examination of your pet to determine the source of the allergic response so that it can be avoided in the future.
Get Treatment for Pet Allergies in Granada Hills, CA
Our veterinarian can recommend rounds of allergy testing to find the source of the allergy. These rigorous tests allow for a simpler and direct treatment when the allergen is identified. Dr. Li can also prescribe medication to address the symptoms and make your pet comfortable. If your furry friend is suffering from allergies, call our team at Mission Veterinary Clinic and Animal Emergency Hospital today at (818) 363-8143 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Li.