Pet Allergy Care at Animal Clinic Of Council Bluffs
Watery eyes, sneezing, hives, digestive upsets -- these may all sound like familiar allergy symptoms to you, but did you know that your pet can experience these same miseries? Pets and can do become allergic to a wide range of substances, leaving them with everything from respiratory symptoms to skin and gut problems. Fortunately, your pet doesn't have to suffer, thanks to the veterinary allergy care offered here at Animal Clinic of Council Bluffs in Council Bluffs and Glenwood, IA.
How Animals Get Allergies
What's behind your pet's allergies? Allergies are the result of an animal's immune system reacting to the wrong stimuli. Normally the immune system releases histamine and antibodies to fight invading germs, saving the animal from dangerous infections. But sometimes a totally innocent substance can generate the same response, producing a variety of irritating symptoms. Sneezing, wheezing, and watery eyes may be caused by airborne triggers such as pollen, smoke, aerosols, and industrial pollutants. Skin problems such as itchy red hives may be caused by flea bites or shampoos.
Food allergies can be deceptive in how they display symptoms. While a food allergy may cause digestive distress, it may just as easily take the form of skin irritation or respiratory problems. Pets that are highly allergic to a specific food or food additive may even experience a dangerous airway constriction or other acute symptoms of anaphylactic shock.
Our Vet Clinic Can Diagnose and Treat Your Pet's Allergies
If your pet is showing the telltale signs of an allergy, bring him to Animal Clinic of Council Bluffs. Our skilled vet team can perform an examination to rule out other possible causes such as respiratory infections or digestive parasites. We can diagnose your pet's allergy through:
- Intradermal skin testing to check for skin reactions to allergens
- Serum allergy testing using a blood sample for analysis
- Elimination diets to pinpoint a specific food or food ingredient
How Our Vet Team Helps
Our vet team can prescribe antihistamines, steroids, or other drugs to relieve acute pet allergy symptoms. If a flea infestation is the cause of the allergic reaction, we can treat that problem and place your pet on preventative medications to keep these little allergy triggers away. Hypoallergenic diets can also help your pet eat without experiencing reactions.
Contact Us Today For Real Relief For Your Pet
We're delighted to provide genuine relief for pet allergy issues in the Council Bluffs and Glenwood areas -- and we predict that you'll be even more delighted when your pet returns to his happy, healthy self. Call our Animal Clinic Of Council Bluffs at either location to schedule an appointment at (712) 323-0598!