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Treating Pet Allergies

If your pet spends a lot of time scratching, sneezing, and chewing at their feet, they could be suffering from allergies. At Elwood Animal Hospital, it is common for us to see and treat pets (especially dogs) for allergies, which can be caused by a variety of factors from foods in their diet to allergens in their home. In addition to the discomfort allergies can cause for your pet, they can also be tremendously frustrating for you. That’s why we’re here to help!

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The Most Common Signs of Allergies in Pets

Sneezing and scratching are hallmarks of pet allergies, but there are other physical signs you should look for as well, including:

  • Inflamed skin
  • Bald spots
  • Dry, scaly patches
  • Runny eyes and nose
  • Chewing and licking at the feet
  • Rubbing face and other itchy areas
  • Odor (coming from the skin and ears)

What to Expect with Treatment

If your pet is showing signs of an allergy, schedule an exam with us as soon as possible. The trick to keeping allergies under control is catching them early. After an exam, we may need to do some testing so we can get a better grasp of your pet’s problem. An accurate diagnosis is necessary for finding a treatment that truly works. In many cases, pets with allergies also have secondary skin infections that need to be treated along with their allergies.

Therefore, treating pet allergies can sometimes require a multifaceted approach, which might include:

  • Oral medications and supplements
  • Steroid sprays and creams
  • Anti-fungal sprays, gels, and creams
  • Steroid injections
  • Anti-itch injections
  • Antibiotic ointment for the skin
  • Hypoallergenic food and treats

How Long Will it Take for My Pet to Recover?

The longer your pet lives with allergies, the longer their treatment will probably take. Allergies can set off a chain reaction of other health problems as time goes by, which is why early detection is so important. The sooner we can treat your pet’s allergies, the sooner they will return to being comfortable, happy, and healthy.

Need us to take a look at your itchy pet? Call 765-552-9851 or complete our online form to request an appointment with our team.

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