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Dog Allergies: Symptoms, Causes, Testing, Treatments

Dog Allergies: Symptoms, Causes, Testing, Treatments

While most people recognize that it's possible to be allergic to dogs, not everyone may realize that our four-legged friends can develop allergies and sensitivities to certain triggers as well. At Willow Glen Pet Hospital in San Jose, we can help identify allergens and recommend a treatment plan to improve your pet's quality of life.

Causes of Dog Allergies

Just like you might be allergic to things in your environment or food, so, too, may your family pet experience allergies. Dust, pollen, mold, and other pets can set off allergies in your canine friend. Even fleas can cause an allergic reaction in your dog if your pup is allergic to flea saliva.

Symptoms of Allergies in Dogs

Dogs and humans don't necessarily display the same symptoms when they have come into contact with an allergen. If you notice any of the following, you should talk to our veterinarian about pet allergies.

  • Swelling, especially of the face
  • Red or inflamed skin
  • Itching
  • Hives
  • Sneezing
  • Vomiting

Treating Dog Allergies

Our veterinarian will recommend different treatment options depending on the cause of the allergy, which requires ruling out other causes of the symptoms. For example, our vet might recommend medication to kill any fleas present and routine flea prevention to minimize the chance of a future allergic reaction. If your dog is allergic to a certain food, we can help you find a type or brand that can avoid the allergic reaction. Identifying environmental allergens may be more difficult. However, it may be easier to pinpoint seasonal allergies such as pollen.

It's important to treat allergies in your pet as soon as possible because pets often respond to itching or irritation by scratching or biting. Broken, inflamed skin can become the site of an infection, which will require further treatment. Medications can provide temporary relief for allergy symptoms. Our vet will help you find something to alleviate your pet’s symptoms.

Get Help With Pet Allergies in San Jose, CA

If you need a veterinarian in Willow Glen, call Willow Glen Pet Hospital today at (669) 342-7472 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gillon.

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