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Is Your Pet Itchy, Have Swollen Ear Canals, Or Respiratory Distress?
It Could Be An Allergy.

You may notice that your pet’s symptoms are seasonal, usually worse in the spring and summer because of the increased amounts of pollen in the air at that time.

What is an allergy?

It is when a normal substance in the environment causes a reaction in an individual. These substances are called allergens and include pollens, molds, house dust, fleas, foods, and many more. Allergens cause reactions through inhalation, skin contact or ingestion. Allergic animals possess IgE antibodies to the specific allergens. These antibodies cause biochemical changes in the body which produce allergy symptoms. And what’s more is that allergens are cumulative in their effects on the animal. The more allergens an animal is exposed to at any one time increases the likelihood of allergy symptoms.

How is an allergy diagnosed and treated?

After a thorough examination your veterinarian may decide that allergy testing is indicated. Allergy testing may be done via a blood sample or dermal testing of the skin. Sometimes a bacteria infection of the skin or ears needs to be treated concurrently, and with that there may need to be cultures taken of the ear canals.

Treatment may consist of: avoidance of the offending allergen, steroids for short term relief of symptoms (prolong use can cause serious side effects), or hypo sensitization shots.

Hypo sensitizations shots is a safe alternative to steroids. They are designed to build up the animal’s tolerance to the offending allergens so it can live more comfortable in its environment, without the worry of side effects.

Is Your Pet Itchy, Have Swollen Ear Canals, or Respiratory Distress? It could be an allergy.

Compliments of Gail Mendenhall, DVM, Crystal Springs Veterinary Clinic, 2850 Paul S Buchman Hwy, Zephyrhills, 813-788-4511.


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