Has your dog been scratching more often recently? Or does your dog have red eyes and a runny nose? If this is true for your dog, he or she might have allergies. Here at 1stPet Veterinary, we know how to properly diagnose and treat allergies in dogs in the Chandler and Mesa area.
What Causes Dog Allergies?
Dog allergies work the same way as human allergies. Allergens will trigger an immune system response, causing allergic reactions. For dogs, reactions result in a range of issues from mildly irritating itching to vomiting or diarrhea. Dog allergies include:
- Dust and dust mites
- Ticks and fleas
- Cleaning products like shampoo
- Food, mostly different kinds of protein like beef or fish
How Do We Diagnose Allergies?
At 1stPet, we will work with you to find the cause of your dog’s allergies. We perform physical examinations, including skin and blood tests, to make an accurate diagnosis. You can also put your dog on different diets to determine if he or she has a food allergy.
How Do We Treat Allergies?
Like allergies in humans, allergies in dogs will affect your dog for his or her lifetime. We will help you set up a plan to isolate your dog from irritants including:
- Ways to keep your home allergen free
- Ways to protect your dog from fleas and insects
- Ways to feed your dog to prevent reactions
You will have access to medications to reduce the effect of allergic reaction s. You can also have medications to prevent allergies, like insect allergies. Together, we will find a way to ensure your dog still has a fun and happy life, free from the irritation of allergies.
1stPet veterinarians provide expert and loving care for all the pets we see. You can rest assured we will do everything to fight any allergy or sickness your dog can have. Contact your local 1stPet office set up an appointment today.