Pet Allergies and Treatments

Allergies can be some of the most challenging medical problems to treat in pets. Allergies are initiated by contact with small protein particles known as allergens. The body can be exposed to allergens by contact with the skin (contact allergies), inhalation with air (inhalation allergies), or ingestion with food (food allergies). Allergies are often the underlying cause for other disease processes such as skin infections, ear infections, and infections of the feet.

Common symptoms of allergies in pets include:

  • Itchy skin
  • Itchy ears
  • Hair loss
  • Licking of the paws
  • Chewing at the tail
  • Hot spots
  • Skin parasites (fleas and ticks)
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Nutritional insufficiencies
  • Genetic abnormalities

Secondary bacterial and yeast infections often accompany allergies.

Treating Pet Allergies at Pet Medical Center

At Pet Medical Center of Edmond, Oklahoma, we take a systematic approach to diagnosing and treating allergy problems in pets. We start with a thorough history and veterinary physical exam. We will then proceed with special diagnostics as needed. These veterinary diagnostics may include testing skin scrapings, cytology, cultures, and testing sensitivity. If needed, your pet’s veterinarian can conduct allergy testing to determine which allergens trigger their allergies. From there, we may choose avoidance of the allergens with food changes or special cleaning procedures. We can also choose to have a special desensitizing serum made up by the allergy lab, which would desensitize the patient from the affecting allergens.

No matter the cause of the allergies or the treatment type we recommend, our main goals when addressing a pet’s allergies are providing relief and comfort to the patient and decreasing their symptoms.

Book an Appointment

Call us today at 405-348-6580, book an appointment online, or stop by our veterinary hospital at 1001 West 15th Street, Edmond, Oklahoma.

COVID-19 Update

To all Pet Medical Center of Edmond Clients: We have started curbside appointments at this time. We are asking all clients upon arrival at the clinic to pull up to the front door and remain in their vehicle. One of our team members will come out and discuss further instructions. We are going to greatly limit the number of people entering our facility due to the COVID-19 concerns. We are still scheduling all regular appointments at this time and seeing emergencies. We politely ask any client with fever and/or respiratory symptoms to reschedule their appointment if it is a non-emergency situation. If your pet is experiencing an emergency situation and you are not feeling well, please notify our receptionist upon arrival so our staff can take further precautions. We are taking these steps out of an abundance of caution. Thank you for your understanding as we all find our way through this challenging time.