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Veterinary Allergy Relief With Doerr Animal Clinic In Louisville, KY
Sneezing, itching, skin rashes, breathing problems -- these reactions are all familiar symptoms of allergies. But humans aren't the only creatures who can be distressed by these discomforts. Pets can suffer from many of the same kinds of allergies, and if your pet is suffering, you want to do whatever you can to make them feel better. Here at Doerr Animal Clinic in Louisville KY, we know how to identify an allergy and prescribe the correct treatments to get those symptoms under control.
Understanding Animal Allergies
How do pets get allergies, and what kinds of triggers can set specific allergies off? An allergy is actually the same kind of response the body might experience when threatened by a disease organism. In the case of an allergy, however, the "disease" is nothing more than an innocent substance misinterpreted as a threat by the immune system. Histamine and other antibodies flood your pet, resulting in such common symptoms as itchy skin lesions, digestive upsets, nasal discharge, coughing and wheezing. The most severe kind of reaction, known as anaphylactic shock, can make breathing impossible and should be treated as a veterinary emergency.
Allergies can be triggered by an enormous number of stimuli. Examples include:
- Pollens, molds, and airborne chemicals, all common causes of respiratory symptoms
- Specific ingredients in the diet, which may produce skin rashes, respiratory reactions, and digestive symptoms
- Fleas, ticks, plant sap, and other skin irritants which produce a reaction called contact dermatitis
How Our Vet Center Diagnoses an Allergy
Either vet on our two-practitioner team at Doerr Animal Clinic can get to the bottom of your pet's allergy issues. First, we rule out other possible causes for the symptoms. If the allergy doesn't have an obvious cause, such as an active pest infestation, allergy testing may be necessary to pinpoint the specific allergen responsible. These tests may be performed either by scratching the skin and watching for reactions or by processing blood samples. If a food is suspected, we may put your pet on an elimination diet, substituting one ingredient at a time until we see a positive result.
Allergy Treatment Options
Once we know the reason for your pet's allergy, we can prescribe a treatment problem to either eliminate the allergy trigger or help your pet manage his symptoms. Treatments may include antihistamines, corticosteroids, lifestyle adjustments, a hypoallergenic diet, pest infestation treatments, and pest preventative medications.
Let Our Louisville Clinic Help Your Pet Today!
Don't let your pet suffer under the burden of a nagging or debilitating allergy. Call our Louisville vet center at 502-425-1275 to schedule the necessary allergy testing and treatment at Doerr Animal Clinic!