Pet Allergies

Like humans, pets can be sensitive to certain substances. Exposure to these substances could trigger an allergic reaction, causing uncomfortable or even dangerous symptoms in your pet. If you suspect that your pet has allergies, visit Mediapolis Veterinary Clinic in Mediapolis, IA. Dr. Wendy Thomas can examine your pet and determine the cause of its symptoms. 


Common Signs of Pet Allergies

A pet can have an allergic reaction whenever it comes into contact with an allergen. Many types of allergens can affect pets, including food and environmental allergies. After a pet is exposed to an allergen, it may show symptoms like:

  • Watery eyes
  • Runny nose 
  • Coughing and sneezing 
  • Wheezing 
  • Visible skin irritation 
  • Pawing, licking, or scratching at the skin
  • Swelling
  • Eye or ear discharge
  • Vomiting and diarrhea

Usually, these symptoms will start to subside after the allergen is removed and will reappear if the pet is exposed to the allergen again. If your pet is showing allergy symptoms, it's important to identify the allergen triggering those symptoms so that you can limit your pet's exposure. 

How Does a Veterinarian Treat Allergies In Pets?

Our veterinarian can diagnose the cause of your pet's symptoms and help you find an effective treatment. Although there's no way to cure allergies in pets, most allergies are easy to manage. Air filters can help you remove allergens from the air in your home. If your pet is allergic to certain food products, your vet can help you find safe and nutritious pet food. 

Some pets are allergic to fleas. While flea control is important for any pet, it's even more vital for pets with allergies. Talk to our veterinarian about flea-preventative products. Also, take steps to remove fleas from your home. 

Depending on the severity of your pet's symptoms, our vet may also recommend other therapies or treatments such as eye drops, immunotherapy, or medications. Once you know what your pet is allergic to, you'll be able to work with our vet to keep its symptoms under control. 

While allergy symptoms can usually be managed at home, your pet will need emergency treatment if it shows symptoms of a severe allergic reaction. These include: 

  • Severe swelling 
  • Intense shaking 
  • Difficulty breathing 
  • Rapid heartbeat accompanied by heavy panting
  • Collapsing 
  • Foaming at the mouth 

Get Allergy Treatment from a Veterinarian In Mediapolis, IA

Allergies can be dangerous for pets, and the symptoms of an allergic reaction often become worse with time. If you're concerned that your pet has allergies, make an appointment at Mediapolis Veterinary Clinic. With the help of Dr. Wendy Thomas, you'll be able to get a diagnosis for your pet and start treatment.