Did you know that, just like humans, cats and dogs can also suffer from allergies? Allergies can take on many different shapes and forms, but one thing is certain - they can severely impact your pet's life and reduce their comfort levels. Whether the seasons are changing, or whether your animal has developed a new allergy to a certain food or product, these allergies can strike your pet when you least expect it, and it may be important to find treatment.
At Ashworth Road Animal Hospital, we're here to provide help for residents of West Des Moines, Windsor Heights, Clive, Urbandale, and the surrounding areas. We want to help our community members find the care they need for their pets to feel relief from allergies year-round! That's why we have veterinarians and veterinary staff at our animal hospital to help your pet feel their best and find relief from their allergy symptoms.
What Causes Pet Allergies?
When your pet has an allergy to a certain pollen, weed, grass, or other thing, his body is mistaking the innocent object for an intruder. Thus, it creates an allergic response to fight against this "intruder". These symptoms can include runny nose, coughing, wheezing, itching, scooting, and paw licking. If your animal is allergic to a certain food, they might vomit or even have bouts of diarrhea.
For topical agents, your pet might break out in hives, develop a rash, or be excessively itchy. Some of these allergies can develop suddenly, even if your pet was in perfect health before. That's why it may be important to visit an animal hospital for help in case of an allergy flare-up.
How Can a Veterinarian Provide Pet Care for Allergies?
A vet on our veterinary team can help determine the best treatment for your pet allergy. This can include medications like corticosteroids, prescription shampoos and mousses, monoclonal antibodies, and cytokine inhibitors to reduce symptoms of allergies. Other treatment options include getting rid of the allergen that is causing your pet's symptoms. To do so, your vet will ask questions about any changes you've recently made to your household products, grooming products, or food.
This can help narrow down the allergen and help prevent future reactions.
Get Allergy Treatment from a Veterinarian at Our Animal Hospital
At Ashworth Road Animal Hospital, we are here to get your pet treatment for their allergies. Call us at (515) 225-1807 to schedule an appointment! A veterinarian on our veterinary team is here to provide pet care for your animal’s allergies