When you hear the term “pet allergy,” you probably think of the runny nose, scratchy throat, sneezing, and watery eyes people sometimes have when they are around cats or dogs. Did you know pets can have allergies, too? At the Augusta Animal Clinic, our veterinarian in Indianapolis can help your animal find relief.

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Signs of Pet Allergies

Animals with allergies often exhibit the following signs:

  • Recurring ear infections
  • Frequent itching, biting, licking, shaking, and scratching
  • Swelling in the face, mouth, ears, and eyes
  • Red, inflamed, and flaky skin
  • Diarrhea and vomiting
  • Sneezing
  • Watery eyes

Common Pet Allergy Triggers

Signs of an allergy in pets could also be signs of other health issues, so you’ll need to bring your pet in for an examination to rule out other conditions. If your pet is suffering from an allergy, then it’s likely due to one of the following common allergens:

  • Contact with parasites and bugs including bees, dust mites, and fleas
  • Reactions to medications or vaccines
  • Pollen, mold, and dust
  • Smoke
  • Household cleaners and other chemicals
  • Food, including soy, wheat, dairy, and eggs (signs of a food allergy sometimes go away with medication but return after the course of medication ends)

How Our Veterinarian in Indianapolis Diagnoses and Treats Pet Allergies

As a veterinarian in Indianapolis, Dr. David Fenoglio, has helped thousands of dogs, cats, and other pets find relief from their uncomfortable allergy signs. The first step is to figure out what’s causing these signs in the first place. Dr. Fenoglio and his veterinary team may use blood tests, allergy tests, and other diagnostic techniques to rule in or out other conditions and help you learn what’s making your animal so uncomfortable.

Based on the results of your pet’s examination, our vet team can then initiate an appropriate plan of care to address the allergy signs. This can include things like medications to soothe and resolve symptoms, as well as medications, dietary modifications, and lifestyle/environmental changes to reduce or eliminate your pet’s exposure to the allergen.

We take the time and care necessary to ensure your pet’s treatment plan is a good fit for their health need, age, size, and breed, and work with you to ensure you feel confident about what steps need to be taken at home to keep your pet healthier and happier.