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Our Watertown Animal Hospital, PC in Watertown, CT Discusses Pet Allergies

Allergies are an annoying problem. They cause discomfort and health risks to your pet. When you notice signs of an allergy in your dog or cat, you want to address the allergic reaction. At our Watertown Animal Hospital, PC in Watertown, PC we offer the assistance you need to help your pet during allergy season.

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How Your Pet Develops an Allergy

A pet develops an allergy when his or her immune system reacts to food or environmental stimuli. The immune system attacks the allergen, even though it does not cause harm to your pet's body. Your pet's immune system assumes that the allergen is harmful and attempts to get rid of the allergen. The result is unpleasant symptoms and discomfort that slows down your pet or causes other complications.

Diagnosing Allergies in Your Pet

In our clinic, we diagnose allergies in your pet after you notice the symptoms. The signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction in your pet include:

  • Increased scratching
  • Itchy and red skin, which may look similar to a rash
  • Ear infections
  • Red and runny eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Difficulty breathing, particularly wheezing or snoring at night
  • Swelling, particularly on your pet's paws
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea 
  • Licking

Your pet may develop a variety of symptoms. You want to pay particular attention to any breathing problems that may develop. Since breathing problems can worsen, you should seek treatment when you notice that your pet seems to have difficulty breathing or is wheezing throughout the day.

How Our Vet in Watertown Helps

Our veterinarian in Watertown helps with your pet's allergies by providing appropriate treatment and care. We offer medications to address the symptoms of an allergy. We also identify the allergen causing your pet's discomfort and help you take measures to reduce your pet's exposure to the allergen. Since some allergens may stem from fleas or other pests, we may offer treatments to eliminate the pests before your pet takes further medication. We recognize the value of treating the cause of an allergic reaction and take measures to help your pet recover after clarifying the underlying allergen. Our treatments depend on the health of your pet and the details of the allergy.

Contact Our Watertown Animal Hospital, PC in Watertown, CT Today!

Allergies are a common problem that impacts your pet's health. When you notice signs of an allergic reaction, you want to take measures to treat the allergy by visiting our vet. To learn more about addressing allergies in your pets or to set up an appointment in our clinic, call (860) 274-2212 today.