Could your animal friend be suffering from an allergy?
Allergies can make your pet’s life – and yours – downright miserable. Scratching, head shaking and feeling uncomfortable is no way to live. The good news is we can help. Our experienced team will develop the most effective treatment plan for your pets’ symptoms.
An Accurate Diagnosis
In order to effectively manage your pet’s allergy, we must first understand exactly what type of allergy we’re dealing with. Pets can suffer from either food allergies or those related to their environment. We must also determine what triggers, or allergens, are causing your pet’s reactions. At North Hampton Animal Hospital, we use a number of methods to reach a definitive diagnosis, including intradermal (skin) tests and blood work. This will help us to identify what your pet’s specific situation is so we can know how to best address the problem.
Treating an allergy depends entirely on what its cause is. For instance, if your pet is allergic to certain food ingredients, addressing the problem can be as simple as changing his or her diet. Other types of allergies may require more complex and longer-term treatment strategies. We may recommend the use of steroids or anti-inflammatories to help ease symptoms and make your pet feel more comfortable. We will tailor our approach to meet your companion’s unique needs and achieve optimum results. We also work regularly with area dermatology and allergy specialists for challenging cases.
How can I tell if my pet has an allergy?
While some amount of scratching or shedding is normal for most pets, when an allergy is present, you may see some of the following signs:
- Excessive scratching
- Constant licking, biting or chewing at a certain area
- Hair loss, scabs or flaky skin
- Visible changes to the skin or coat
- Swelling of the face or other parts of the body
If you notice any of these things, it’s time to enlist the help of an experienced professional. Call today to schedule an allergy evaluation and give your loved one the relief he or she deserves.