Does your pet scratch themselves excessively? Is their skin red and inflamed? They could be suffering from an allergic condition. Allergic reactions in our pets are typically caused when an animal is allergic to something in their environment (such as dust, pollen, or grass), flea bites, or food allergies. At Garden District Animal Hospital, Dr. Andersen and her experienced team have successfully diagnosed and treated countless pets with allergies in the Baton Rouge area, and they will bring this same level of diligence to your constant companion as well.
How are allergies diagnosed and treated at Garden District Animal Hospital?
It is essential for our doctors to know what may be the cause of the itch in your pet. Therefore allergy testing and food trials are always recommended by the experienced veterinarians at Garden District Animal Hospital. After obtaining the results, our veterinarians have a greater understanding of how to potentially treat the allergic condition.
Sublingual immunotherapy is often referred to as “allergy shots” in people. This process involves our veterinarians placing a liquid with tiny amounts of the item causing the itch under the tongue of the pet. Over time, the amount of the fluid is increased and can help the pet use their immune system to build a tolerance to the allergen. Other allergy treatments are available at Garden District Animal Hospital, including an oral tablet and an injection of medications that can block the feeling of the itch before it ever reaches the brain to cause them to scratch. All three of these therapies are extraordinarily safe and effective, and our caring doctors will determine which will work best for the individual needs of your pet.
The longer you wait to begin treatment of an allergic condition, the more difficult it is to bring it under control. If you feel your pet companion may be exhibiting signs of an allergic condition, schedule an appointment for an evaluation at Garden District Animal Hospital today!