If your pet regularly suffers from cold-like symptoms, rashes, or stomach ailments, there is a possibility that they are dealing with an allergic reaction. It is best to make an appointment at Cats & Dogs Animal Hospital in Long Beach to meet with our veterinarians for a checkup. Pet Allergy symptoms require treatment in addition to discovering what trigger is causing the dog or cat to have distress. Read on to learn about common allergy symptoms, how to avoid reactions, and what our veterinarians can do to help.

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Common Allergic Reaction Symptoms

The symptoms your pet will display if it is suffering from an allergy will depend on the trigger that causes reactions to occur. If your pet suffers from allergies to a specific food, they will likely have digestive troubles in the forms of vomiting, constipation, or diarrhea. If your pet has a skin allergy, they may deal with rashes, irritation, itchiness, or dryness. A pet with an environmental allergy, such as to dust or pollen, will likely have symptoms that mimic those present during a cold, such as sneezing, wheezing, eye discharge, or coughing.

How To Help Your Pet Avoid Allergic Reactions

If your pet is diagnosed with an allergy, or if you suspect they have one, helping them to avoid coming into contact with a trigger is extremely important to help keep symptoms from arising. Try to pinpoint the exact trigger and keep your pet away from it as much as possible. If you are unsure about a trigger, eliminate possible catalysts from your pet’s exposure. For example, if you believe your pet has a food allergy, eliminate all food except for one brand and flavor for a few days. If your pet does not suffer from symptoms after eating this food, add another flavor or brand to its diet. This will help you determine exactly what is causing a reaction to happen.

What Our Vet Will Do To Help

Our veterinarian will help you discover what is causing your pet’s reaction to occur with help from tests and an examination. Medication is usually prescribed to stop symptoms when they are severe. If your pet comes into contact with a trigger, bring them to our establishment for a prompt assessment and administering of medication to stop the reaction from exacerbating in severity. Our veterinarians will also teach you how to minimize exposure to potential triggers so your cat or dog will live a comfortable life.

If your pet is suffering from allergic reactions regularly, give Cats & Dogs Animal Hospital in Long Beach to make an appointment for veterinary care. Call our office today at (562) 439-4228 to learn more about services available for your pet.