Here at Silver Heights Veterinary Hospital, we do our very best to ensure that each day of your pet’s life is as healthy and happy as it can possibly be. Whether that means helping you find the perfect diet, working toward weight loss or disease management, or performing routine checkups to keep animals fit, we’re here for you.
One of the most important services we offer is allergy management. Just as with humans, pets are susceptible to allergies and need help fighting them. If you’ve noticed any allergic reactions or abnormal behaviour, it’s time to bring your pet in to see us today.
The first step to managing allergies is to be sure we identify the right allergen. Not all cases are treated equally, which is why a veterinarian will need to take a history and perform examinations before determining the right course of action.
Common Allergies in Pets
Both dogs and cats are susceptible to a wide range of potential allergens, just like humans. Sources of allergies include:
- Cleaning products
- Rubber or plastic
- Other environmental toxins or irritants
If you believe your pet is experiencing allergies in response to food, the environment or medication – or anything else – it’s critical you bring them in to see us today. Even if the symptoms are currently mild, that may not remain the case. For the best chance of management, it’s critical to diagnose and treat them right away.
Signs of Symptoms of Allergies
The general symptoms of allergies in both cats and dogs are pretty similar to the symptoms in humans. They include:
- Sneezing, coughing and wheezing
- Constant licking or scratching
- Red or runny eyes
- Itchy ears
- Vomiting and diarrhea
- Unnatural snoring
- Chewing on paws
If you notice these or other apparent allergy symptoms, don’t wait, call to schedule an appointment today.
While the assumption of many is that allergies must be treated with medication, that’s not necessarily true. Dogs and cats may need to be switched to a different food if it contains products they cannot digest, including meat, dairy or grain. The removal of an environmental irritant can also provide the answer.
If you are ready to treat your pet’s allergies please come see us at Silver Heights Veterinary Hospital. You can either call us at (204) 504-5600 or request an appointment through our website, and we will see you as soon as possible!