Frequently Asked Questions about Pet Allergies
Is your pet sneezing, itching, scratching, or scratching more than usual? Luckily, Oxford Animal Hospital in The Villages, FL, is here to help. Dr. Leah Girard, our licensed, experienced Oxford veterinarian, has answers to questions about pet allergies and how our team of veterinary professionals can help manage them.
What Causes Pet Allergies?
Pets can develop allergies just like humans do. Common causes of pet allergies include pollen, dust mites, and fleas. Pets may also react negatively to certain food ingredients, such as dairy products or grains. For example, many dogs are allergic to chicken - which seems to be in almost every dog food commercial. Allergy symptoms depend on the allergen ingested or inhaled by the animal and the severity of the reaction.
How Can I Tell if My Pet Has an Allergy?
The most common signs of a pet allergy are sneezing, itching (especially around the face and ears), red eyes, skin irritation, skin rash, or even open sores due to constant scratching or licking. Your pet may also display signs of lethargy or have trouble sleeping due to discomfort from the allergy symptoms. If you notice these signs in your pet, immediately bring them to a veterinarian. The sooner you find the problem, the sooner you can take action to make your furry buddy more comfortable.
How Can Oxford Animal Hospital Help?
We offer comprehensive allergy testing designed to identify what allergens are causing your pet’s allergic reactions. We also provide treatments tailored to each patient’s needs, including medications, supplements, and lifestyle changes that can help reduce symptoms and improve your pet's overall quality of life. Our team will work closely with you and your pet to create an effective treatment plan that fits their needs!
Schedule an Appointment with Us
No one likes seeing their furry friends suffer from uncomfortable allergies, but thankfully, treatments are available at Oxford Animal Hospital in The Villages, FL! Our team is dedicated to providing compassionate care for pets suffering from allergies and preventative care services for those looking to avoid future issues related to their pets' health. Contact us today if you have further questions about managing your pet's allergies or want more information about our services! If you have further questions, please contact our veterinarian during your consultation. We would be happy to assist you with whatever you require.