Just like humans, our cats and dogs are vulnerable to developing a wide range of ailments, including skin allergies. Skin allergies can, unfortunately, occur without any known reason. It can be difficult to treat skin allergies in your pet, especially without the help of an animal hospital.
At Willow Glen Pet Hospital in San Jose, CA, we make it our mission to help you and your pet get the pet care they need so they no longer must deal with the discomfort of pet allergies and skin allergies. We provide a wide range of services for pet care, including preventative care and vaccinations, that can help your pet feel the relief they need.
What Are Skin Allergies in Pets?
Your cat or dog is vulnerable to developing skin allergies due to a triggered autoimmune response. When an allergen affects your pet's skin, some of the symptoms of skin allergies can include:
- Red skin
- Itchy skin
- Flaky skin
- Excessive itching
- Excessive licking
- Bald spots
- Inability to breathe, especially during severe allergic reactions
These symptoms are caused by your pet's immune system "attacking" the allergen and creating these symptoms. Due to this complex reaction, it's best to get the help of a vet at our animal hospital for your pet as soon as you notice symptoms.
How a Vet on Our Team Can Help
The way to effectively treat allergies is to get rid of the allergen triggering your pet. To get rid of the allergen, a vet at our animal hospital will perform a series of tests to determine what your pet's trigger is. This trigger can be anything from certain food, to grooming products, household cleaning products, or even seasonal allergies.
Once he or she determines your pet's trigger, our vet will recommend lifestyle changes which can minimize the risk of your pet developing severe pet allergies. These lifestyle changes may include:
- Coming in for additional pet care exams
- Taking medication such as antihistamines to minimize allergic reactions
- Changing your dog or cat's diet and any grooming products that can affect them
- Changing the household cleaning products, you use in your home
- Additional grooming if skin allergies are caused by fleas and termites
Help Your Pet Live Free from Pet Allergies with a Veterinarian in Willow Glen
Skin allergies can be a nuisance to deal with. Call us at Willow Glen Pet Hospital in San Jose, CA, to set up an appointment with a veterinarian in Willow Glen on our team and get your pet the care they need. Call us at (669) 342-7472 for preventative care, pet vaccinations, and pet care.