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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.
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.
Allergies sparked by something in your pet’s world occur frequently, including allergy to:
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
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.
If you notice these serious allergy symptoms, call and go to Fullerton Animal Hospital for emergency pet care in Baltimore:
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.