Cat-sundheit! Pet Allergy Testing & Treatment
Sometimes it can be funny when your cat or dog sneezes, but if it's happening more often than not, it could be a sign that your pet may be suffering from allergies. Like people, cats and dogs (as well as other animals) can have allergic reactions to seasonal pollens, their environment, and even food. Common pet allergens can include:
- Tree, grass, and weed pollens
- Fleas and flea control products
- Food ingredients (including meats, wheat, and soy)
- Prescription medications
- Dander, dust, and molds
- Household cleaning products
- Cigarette smoke
- Shampoos and perfumes
If you are concerned that your cat or dog is suffering from allergies, here are a few common conditions to look for:
- Sneezing, coughing, and itchy, watery eyes
- Increased scratching
- Paw chewing or swollen paws
- Constant licking
- Itchy back or tail (excessive)
- Itchy ears and ear infections
Thankfully, the staff at Hanford Veterinary Hospital is fully equipped to sniff out any allergies your pet may have and offer relief from the allergens that may be the causing your pet's suffering.
If you are concerned that your pet is suffering from allergies, please don't hesitate to contact us and schedule an appointment for an allergy test. Our in-house pharmacy is also on hand to fill any prescriptions your pet might need for relief.
And please, do not administer any over-the-counter allergy medications or antihistamines to your pet without first consulting with your veterinarian on its safety and proper dosage.