Pet comfort and health can be significantly affected by allergies to environmental conditions. Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital has the ability to diagnose and treat specific pet allergies, providing your pet with much-needed relief from their continual discomfort.
In pets, allergies most commonly manifest through their skin. Pets can have allergies to common things they are exposed to daily, such as grass, plants, pollen, mold spores, or even the food they eat.
A common misconception is that it is normal for pets to scratch or have an odor. In fact, most scratching is caused by allergies, and the odor occurs because of skin infections. Simple diagnostic tests are necessary to differentiate pet skin conditions, such as allergic dermatitis, pyoderma, skin parasites, or seborrhea.
Some common conditions that suggest your pet should be checked for allergies include:
- Chronic infections
- Hair loss
- Ear infections
- Foot infections
- Licking at paws
- Chewing at the skin
- Foul odor to the skin
Diagnosing pet allergies is done by taking a sample of the pet’s blood and testing it for different allergens or substances that the pet could be allergic to. Once we have found the substances the pet is reacting to, we can determine if a change in the pet’s environment can correct the allergy or if we need to provide allergen therapy specific to the pet’s needs.
The veterinarians of Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital will work with you to diagnose the underlying cause of your pet’s discomfort and will partner with you to find the best treatment options to restore his or her health and quality of life. Please contact our knowledgeable staff with any of your pet health care questions.