Environmental Allergies for Pets

What Are Environmental Allergies?

Environmental allergies are one of the top causes of itching for dogs. Environmental allergens can trigger allergic reactions in cats and dogs that manifest in a number of different ways. It may be surprising to know that these are the same allergies that can cause reactions such as asthma and hay fever in humans. Dogs can also be allergic to the food they eat. If you think your pet suffers from some type of environmental allergy and you live in the Ferndale, Monticello, Liberty, or Sullivan County area, visit our veterinarian at Animal Hospital of Sullivan County.  

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How Do Environmental Allergies Develop?

There are some things that cause dogs to be more susceptible to environmental allergies. Some allergies are congenital, while others develop over time. An allergic reaction is the body's immune system reacting to an otherwise harmless stimulus. Allergens can be found everywhere, all year long. There are certain times of the year when common allergens are more prevalent. During spring and summer when many plants produce pollen, environmental allergies are common. 

What Can I Do to Prevent Allergies?

Whenever possible, limit the exposure your pets have to common allergens. Sometimes, however, that's just not possible. There are some medications on the market that may help treat allergy symptoms. One of those medications is an anti-inflammatory medication. This medication can reduce any itching your pet has as a result of his allergies. This is a pill that your pet can take to help prevent itching associated with allergies. There are medicated shampoos and conditioners that can help your dog feel better too.  

Why Choose Animal Hospital of Sullivan County?

When considering veterinary care for your pets, make sure you think of us at Animal Hospital of Sullivan County first. We consider your pet to be part of our family and we treat your pets as if they were our own. We always take the best care of your pets when they are sick. However, we also want to see your pets when they are well, so we can provide preventative treatments to help protect your pets. Contact us today. 

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