Much like their human counterparts, animals are subject to allergic reaction to many natural and artificial elements. Symptoms can be maddening for the pet and the people he lives with. The first step to finding relief and reducing recurrence is allergy testing. Pavilion Crossing Animal Hospital in Riverview, FL has an in-house diagnostics lab, so you get results fast.
Does your pet have skin allergies or atopic dermatitis?
Food or environmental allergies can cause a wide variety of symptoms in animals. The most common signs that your pet may be suffering from skin allergies are:
- Compulsive scratching – You see it, hear it, and feel the furniture shaking.
- Excessive licking – Usually paws or backside.
- Chewing – Your pet may repeatedly gnaw on a certain body part.
- Rubbing – The animal may rub against furniture, walls, or the ground to try to find relief from itching.
- Skin and hair symptoms – Watch for red skin, rash, or crusty sores. Your pet may have discolored fur or bald patches.
- Odor – Constant licking and chewing can leave your pet smelling less than fresh.
- Respiratory problems – Be vigilant for frequent sneezing, wheezing, or “honking” (in flat-faced dog breeds).
Minimally traumatic pet allergy testing in Riverview, FL
At Pavilion Crossing Animal Hospital, we believe all pets deserve to be comfortable. If you notice any of these symptoms in your pet, please schedule a visit with our veterinarian. In addition to dog skin allergy testing and dog food allergy test, we also diagnose allergies in cats.
In our care, allergy testing is a low stress procedure. A cat allergy test usually consists of a series of skin pricks. The cat is lightly sedated, and a small area is shaved. The surface of skin is barely broken; then various allergens are applied. The doctor watches for swelling or redness to occur within about 20 minutes, and carefully notes the causative factor. A dog allergy test is similar.
In some cases, blood or serum allergy test for atopy or skin allergies or a food elimination test may be recommended, as well. Once the doctor knows what is causing your pet’s allergies, he or she works with you reduce triggers and calm troublesome symptoms with medications.
Your pet will be healthier and happier with effective allergy treatment. It starts with testing at Pavilion Crossing Animal Hospital in Riverview, FL. Call (813) 670-8881 to schedule an appointment.
Dr. Keshava Eega
Pavilion Crossing Animal Hospital
Dr. Keshava Eega moved to the United States in 2003 to further his passion for practicing high-quality and modern veterinary medicine in a challenging environment. Having graduated from the College of Veterinary Science in Hyderabad, India, he then completed his Master’s in Animal Science and the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam in 2006. Dr. Eega then completed his clinical rotations at the Louisiana State University, School of Veterinary Medicine and subsequently obtained his license to practice Veterinary Medicine in the state of Florida. Dr. Eega possesses thirteen years of experience in corporate practice in Orlando as both an Associate Veterinarian and a Lead Doctor. Through the course of his tenure, he has gained vast and widespread experience and exposure in both the practice of high-quality veterinary medicine and soft tissue surgeries. He also possesses professional interests in preventive care, senior pet care, skin cases, nutrition, behavior and wellness exams, particularly for both cats and dogs. Dr. Eega also possesses Fear Free certification which enables him to rid pets, owners and even veterinary health care teams of fear, stress, and anxiety. Hence, in the hands of Dr. Eega, you can be assured that your pet receives modern, customized care in a comfortable environment!