Just like you, your pet can have allergic reactions, too. Allergies may be caused by environmental factors or the food your pet eats. If you notice signs of a life-threatening reaction in your cat or dog, it’s time to bring your pet to us at Urgent Pet Care in Papillion, NE.
Even if you don’t know the cause, look out for these common signs of pet allergies. Some pets may have itchy ears or skin. Hives or red patches on the skin are other indications of allergies. Like people, your dog may sneeze or have watery eyes. More alarming symptoms include swelling of the face, nose, and airways. Severe airway swelling could result in anaphylactic shock. This is a pet emergency that requires urgent care. Without prompt administration of the right medications, your pet could die.
Testing reveals exactly what is causing your pet’s allergic reactions. Desensitization therapy may help your pet to build up an immunity to the allergen. Though not successful for every pet, half the dogs treated with this method decrease their corticosteroid use dramatically. Another quarter will reduce either the frequency or amount of medication needed.