May is Allergy Awareness Month

yellow lab laying in the grass outside with their tongue out

Dogs and cats, just like humans, can have allergies. In fact more than 30% of all skin irritations in our pets can be attributed to allergies. These allergies can come from foods, inhaled allergens like weed, tree, and grass pollens, fungi, even insects and storage mites.

Since there is no known “cure” for allergies and the prospect of avoiding all the things your pet reacts to is unrealistic, we turn to hyposensitization, or allergy injections to help us most effectively manage your pet’s allergies.

Increasing a pet’s tolerance to the allergens they react to through hyposensitization has proven to be, other than avoidance, the best way to successfully manage allergies and provide lasting relief. It is also safe for long-term use and can provide your pet with much longer-term relief than suppression therapy. Done correctly we garner success rates as high as 90%.

What are other signs that your pet is allergic?

Licking at the paws is uncommon unless your pet is feeling agitated and itchy. If you look under your dog’s or cat’s paws and they are wet or inflamed, or stained brown from constant licking, then allergy is the prime suspect.

If your dog or cat is shaking its head, or rubbing at it’s face or ears, then early investigation will rule out the cause, which may be allergy to something in the food or something in the environment. Not only itchy eyes, but also ear infections often are a subtle sign of allergy. In fact, recurrent ear infections may be the only sign that your pet is allergic.

Schedule an appointment with one of our Veterinarians and see if veterinary allergy testing and treatment is right for your pet.