Pet Allergy Testing & Treatment at Salina Veterinary Hospital in Salina, KS

Our veterinarians will provide valuable insights and recommendations on managing your pet’s allergies effectively.

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Understanding Pet Allergies

Allergies are a common concern for pets, affecting dogs and cats of all breeds and backgrounds. These allergies can stem from various sources, including food or inhaled irritants like dust or pollen. While allergies can develop at any age, they often manifest after six months of age, with many affected pets being over two years old. The primary symptom associated with allergies is itching of the skin, which can be localized or generalized. Additional symptoms may include respiratory distress, such as coughing, sneezing, wheezing, or digestive issues leading to vomiting, flatulence, or diarrhea.

Pet Skin Allergy Symptoms

Pet owners must recognize the signs and symptoms of allergies and dermatological conditions. These symptoms may include:

  • Scratching, licking, chewing, or biting the skin, feet, and ears
  • Red, raised, scaly areas on the skin
  • Bumps, crusts, or pus-filled blisters on the skin
  • Increased skin pigmentation
  • Thickened skin
  • Loss of hair
  • Salivary staining (brown color)
  • Head shaking

If you notice any of these symptoms in your pet, you must schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians at Salina Veterinary Hospital for evaluation and treatment.

Comprehensive Allergy Testing and Treatment

At Salina Veterinary Hospital, we offer comprehensive allergy testing and treatment options to help manage your pet’s allergies effectively. Our experienced veterinarians will conduct a thorough examination to identify the underlying cause of your pet’s allergies. Depending on the diagnosis, we may recommend allergy testing to pinpoint specific allergens triggering your pet’s symptoms.

Once the allergens are identified, we’ll work with you to develop a customized treatment plan for your pet’s needs. Treatment options may include:

  • Allergen avoidance strategies
  • Prescription medications to alleviate symptoms
  • Immunotherapy (allergy shots) to desensitize your pet to specific allergens
  • Dietary management to address food-related allergies
  • Topical treatments for skin conditions

Preventing Future Problems

Our goal is not only to treat your pet’s current allergies but also to prevent future flare-ups. Our veterinarians will provide you with valuable insights and recommendations on how to manage your pet’s allergies effectively at home. We can help minimize your pet’s discomfort and improve their quality of life with proper care and preventive measures.

If untreated, allergic reactions and skin conditions can escalate into serious medical concerns. Don’t hesitate to seek professional veterinary care if you suspect your pet is suffering from allergies. Contact Salina Veterinary Hospital today to schedule an appointment and give your pet the relief they need.