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An allergy is a body's reaction to a substance in the environment when that body thinks the substance is dangerous. Sometimes bodies get mixed signals and they react to things in their environment that aren't really a threat. When this happens, it's said that this body is allergic to the substance. Sound like something that happens to people? It's true, but it can happen just as often for your pet, and for many of the same substances. At Solomons Veterinary Medical Center, we see patients with pet allergies every week. We diagnose many of them at their regular wellness exams, but the key to keeping your pet healthy is to watch for allergy symptoms all year long.
Pets can be allergic to almost any substance, just like people can. Some substances are more commonly known as allergens than others, but anything can give your dog or cat a reaction if it has the right body chemistry. It's important for you to watch for allergy symptoms, and to bring your pet into veterinarian office if it starts to exhibit them. Some of the more common symptoms are:
Any of these symptoms can appear for a short time, but if they continue for more than a day or two, it's time for an allergy checkup with your furry friend.
Dogs seem to come into our office more often than cats for allergies, and some breeds are more common than others. If your dog is a terrier, setter, retriever or one of the flat-faced breeds like bulldogs or pugs, keep a special eye open for allergic reactions.
Animals can be allergic to any substance in nature, but some are more common than others. Some of the ones we come across more frequently are:
Your pet's symptoms will help us to track down exactly what's causing the allergic reactions. Allergies can be broken down into three general area: respiratory, contact, and digestive. Once we know what kind of allergy your pet has, we can look at its environment to begin to cure the allergic reactions.
The best way to care for your pet's allergies is to remove the offending substance from its environment. For food allergies, this will take some trial and error with different diets. Frequent bathing and a change in recreation schedule can help with contact allergies, and keeping your pet indoors more can reduce the amount of respiratory miseries it has.
If your pet is suffering from any kind of allergic reactions, don't wait for its regular wellness exam to mention it to our vet. Call right away for an appointment at (410) 326-4300 and we'll get your pet in for an examination as soon as possible.