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Pet Allergies from our Baltimore Veterinarian

Dogs, cats and other pets suffer from allergies just like humans, and you can count on your dedicated veterinary clinic here in Baltimore for proper treatment. Pet allergies typically fall into two general categories: food allergies or environmental allergies. If your pet is showing signs of itchiness or digestive problems, s/he may be allergic to something they have touched, inhaled or eaten.

Pet Allergies

Typical Pet Allergies Seen by Our Baltimore Veterinarian

Pet Food Allergies

Allergic reactions to your pet’s food, although common, can be a challenge to diagnose because of the many ingredients in each brand of food. Anything your pet eats when you’re not around (for instance, if they are outdoors alone) can be the most difficult to identify. Our veterinarian here in Baltimore can isolate the problem (through information provided by you and through testing) and help your pet feel better.

Environmental Allergens for Pets Near Baltimore

Allergies sparked by something in your pet’s world occur frequently, including allergy to:

  • Plants, pollen and grasses
  • Fleas
  • Dust mites
  • Mold spores
  • Medicine
  • Household chemicals
  • Cologne or perfume and other personal care products
  • Tobacco smoke
  • And more

Pet Food Allergy Treatments from Your Baltimore Vet

To test for and isolate a food allergy, our vet will often use a hypoallergenic “elimination” pet diet. Our vet will instruct you what to feed your pet during the test period and have you add back the typical foods you dog or cat normally eats. Based upon the timing when pet allergy symptoms return, we can find the offending food or ingredient. If simply eliminating that allergy-inducing food is not sufficient to relieve symptoms right away, we may provide prescription allergy medicine for your pet. Long term, however, keeping the offending foods away from your pet is the best solution

Treatment Methods for Your Pet’s Environmental Allergies

Much like human allergy testing, our vet may do skin tests to check for the effect that a specific substance is having on your pet. We will of course suggest you help your pet avoid the identified allergens—but sometimes this is impossible.

To relieve allergic reactions to substances found in the environment, our Baltimore veterinary hospital offers allergy shots to calm specific allergies. Steroids may be taken for a limited time for seasonal allergies. Daily (long term) oral medication can be costly and may bring side effects. Our Baltimore veterinarian will discuss allergy treatment options with you. You should also try wiping your pet’s coat when s/he returns from outdoors. 

Severe Pet Allergic Reactions are a Veterinary Emergency

If you notice these serious allergy symptoms, call and go to Fullerton Animal Hospital for emergency pet care in Baltimore:

  • Red, irritated or bloody skin from scratching: If it itches that bad, see your vet immediately. Moist red areas with bald patches are called hot spots and also require immediate veterinary care.
  • Hives: Swollen bumps on the skin.
  • Breathing problems: During a severe allergic reaction, your pet may cough and wheeze due to an inflamed airway.
  • Swollen eyes: Eyes are usually also red and watery.
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Seizures 

Let Our Baltimore Veterinarian Help Eliminate Pet Allergy Symptoms

At Fullerton Animal Hospital, your vet near Baltimore, we can find a solution for your pet’s allergy symptoms. Make an appointment by calling (410) 665-6996 today.