Pet Allergy Testing in St. Johns and Jacksonville
Just as humans, dogs and cats can show signs of allergies. These allergies can present themselves in a variety of symptoms including respiratory issues, skin conditions, and digestive problems. Blue Star Animal Hospital can provide a dog or cat allergy test to determine if your pet is having an allergic reaction to certain environmental factors.
Common Cat and Dog Allergies
Any animal can develop allergies over the course of his or her life. However, some dog breeds are more prone to develop allergies such as terriers, setters, retrievers, and flat-faced breeds like pugs and bulldogs. Some typical symptoms seen in dogs with allergies include itchy and red skin, increased scratching or constant licking, sneezing and coughing, vomiting, diarrhea, and swollen paws. Common dog allergies include grass, trees, pollen, mold, dust, dander, feathers, food ingredients, prescription drugs, food, cleaning products, grooming products and fabrics.
Cats can also develop allergies over time. Some common symptoms include itchy skin and eyes, sneezing and coughing, vomiting, diarrhea, and swollen paws. Cats can be allergic to many of the same things that impact dogs including trees, grass, mold, mildew, dust, food, fleas, prescription drugs, cleaning products, perfumes, and certain fabrics.
Allergy Testing For Pets
The only way to know for sure if your dog or cat’s symptoms are due to an allergy is to bring them to your veterinarian for a thorough exam. During the exam, your vet may recommend cat and dog allergy testing if they believe that the cause of your pet’s symptoms may be due to an allergic reaction.
Based on the symptoms or signs that your dog or cat is exhibiting, your veterinarian will recommend testing for specific allergens. Allergy testing is done through blood tests and intradermal skin testing, which help determine which allergens may be causing your pet discomfort or contributing to their condition. If food is a suspected cause, your vet may also recommend a hypoallergenic diet to rule out any food allergies.
How Blue Star Animal Hospital Can Help
If you think that your animal may be showing signs of allergies or an allergic reaction, you need to consult with the veterinary staff at Blue Star Animal Hospital. Our team can administer a dog or cat allergy test to determine what your animal may be allergic to. After testing, your vet will be able to recommend the best course of treatment and recommend ways to prevent future reactions.
To book an appointment for pet allergy testing at Blue Star Animal Hospital, submit an appointment request today or call (904) 379-9373 in Jacksonville and (904) 230-9099 in St. Johns.