What to Know About Pet Allergies

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What to Know About Pet Allergies in Greenfield

During any season, you might notice that your pets are sneezing, scratching or showing other signs of allergic reactions. These allergies can range from mild to severe enough to affect their quality of life. At Greenfield Veterinary Clinic, our veterinary team can help you discover what is bothering your pets and how to manage these symptoms.

Common Allergens for Dogs and Cats

Dogs and cats can have reactions to different kinds of allergens, especially during the spring months. Some of the more common allergens include dander, dirt and dust, but your pets might also be allergic to pollen, mold and other outdoor allergens. Finding out which allergens are causing allergic reactions is the first step in coming up with effective ways to manage and reduce their symptoms.

Signs of Allergens in Pets

How can you tell if your pets are having allergic reactions? Your pets might have respiratory problems when they breathe in pollen, dust or other allergens. These problems might include sneezing, watery eyes or itchy eyes. Other allergens, such as flea bites, can mainly affect your pets’ skin. Your pets might have red spots, scratch excessively or chew at their paws when allergens affect their skin.

Pet Allergy Treatment in Greenfield

Our Greenfield veterinarian can provide your pets with treatment to help manage allergic reactions to dander, mold and other allergens. After determining which allergens are affecting your pets, which is often done through a skin test, our veterinarian will recommend ways to manage these allergies. Limiting your pets’ exposure to allergens helps, but this is not always practical. Allergy shots or medication might benefit your pets if they have severe or frequent reactions that impact their quality of life. Medications can relieve symptoms, while allergy shots can help the immune system tolerate exposure to these allergens.

Contact Our Veterinarian in Greenfield

If your pets are showing any signs of allergies, please contact Greenfield Veterinary Clinic to make an appointment. Our veterinarian in Greenfield can help determine what is causing allergy symptoms and recommend effective treatment. Call us at 414-282-5230.


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