Pet Allergy Treatment
As pet owners, we want to provide our cat or dog with the best care possible. However, sometimes our pets may develop allergies, including food allergies, which can cause discomfort and affect their overall well-being. At West Boca Veterinary Center in Boca Raton, FL, we provide a variety of treatments to eliminate the symptoms your pets are exhibiting and help keep them happy and healthy.
Symptoms of Pet Food Allergies
When your pets experience food allergies, they often display certain symptoms that can help you identify the issue. These symptoms may include excessive scratching, itching, red or inflamed skin, gastrointestinal problems, chronic ear infections, coughing, and sneezing. If these problems persist, we recommend consulting with our veterinarians for treatment.
Common Pet Food Allergies
Just like humans, pets can be allergic to certain ingredients commonly found in their food. Some of the most common triggers include beef, chicken, dairy products, wheat, soy, and fish. However, it's essential to note that any ingredient can potentially cause an allergic reaction in pets that are sensitive.
The Difference between Allergies and Other Health Concerns
It is important to be able to differentiate between food allergies and other health issues, as the symptoms may sometimes overlap. Our veterinarians can perform various diagnostic tests, such as elimination diets or blood tests, to identify the specific allergen causing the reaction.
Pet Allergy Treatment
Once a food allergy has been confirmed, we can provide various treatments to help alleviate your pet's discomfort. We may first recommend to eliminate the item that is causing the allergic reaction from your cat or dog’s diet. Our vets might suggest a hypoallergenic diet or one that does not include allergenic ingredients. This change allows for a gradual reintroduction of different ingredients to identify the specific allergen. Our veterinarian may also prescribe medication, such as antihistamines or steroids, to manage the symptoms and provide temporary relief. It's important to note that medication alone does not treat the allergy but can provide short-term relief while dietary adjustments are made.
Pet Allergy Testing
If your pet has chronic allergies and certain treatments have been ineffective, our vets may recommend pet allergy testing. These tests can help identify the specific allergens responsible for your pet's allergic reactions. We may test your pet’s skin or perform blood tests to identity the allergens and develop a treatment plan. Treatment may include immunotherapy or allergy shots to help desensitize your pet’s immune system.
Contact us for an Appointment Today
If your pet has food allergies that are affecting its daily life, our team at West Boca Veterinary Center in Boca Raton, FL, can help. We can offer prompt treatment that will help alleviate its symptoms and live a healthier life. To schedule an appointment, call our office at (561) 451-8838 today.