While you don’t need to take your dog to the local animal hospital for every little bump and bruise, there are some health issues that shouldn’t be ignored and may require the assistance of a trained veterinarian; dog allergies are one of these issues.
Your dog’s sneezing or scratching might seem like no big deal, but it could indicate that your pet is suffering from allergies. Whether your dog is allergic to fleas, environmental substances, or even certain types of food, the results will be the same: a host of uncomfortable and unpleasant symptoms, such as itching, sneezing, wheezing, and inflamed paws, just to name a few. Luckily, there are a variety of allergy treatments available that can give your dog some relief and restore them to their happy, healthy self.
Most Effective Allergy Treatments
Without a doubt the most effective way to treat your dog’s allergies is with a visit to an animal hospital. Your veterinarian will likely offer a few different methods for treating your pet’s allergies. Here at Hillside Animal Hospital, we like to stay up-to-date with the latest dog allergy treatments to ensure your cat or dog is receiving the best medication available to provide quick and thorough relief.
When it comes to potent dog allergy treatments, we recommend an oral medication called Apoquel (oclacintinib tablet). This allergy medication is specifically designed to help alleviate allergy symptoms in dogs. It is prescription only and helps to control itching, inflammation, and more. This fast-acting drug starts to soothe your dog’s allergy symptoms within four hours and lasts up to 24 hours to provide round-the-clock allergy relief.
In addition to Apoquel, we also offer in-office allergy shots. These once-a-month injections are a convenient way to treat your dog’s allergies and would eliminate the need to give them a pill every day instead. The allergy shots contain a small dose of the particular allergen your pet is allergic to, which helps to desensitize your dog’s immune system to this trigger, resulting in a less severe reaction. To determine whether allergy shots or a daily medication is the right allergy treatment for your dog, you’ll want to talk to your veterinarian to come to a decision together.
Ways You Can Help
Although there’s no better way to treat your dog’s allergies than with a visit to your local animal hospital, there are certain things you can do as a pet owner to help alleviate some of your pet’s aches and pains and lessen the severity of their allergy symptoms.
If your dog has an allergy caused by environmental triggers, you’ll want to be sure to regularly bathe and groom your pet to remove any allergens they may have come in contact with throughout the day. The more often you groom your pet, the less severe their allergy symptoms will be because proper grooming will remove a good amount of these allergens from the skin and fur. Controlling the amount of allergens your dog is exposed to can help reduce irritation. If daily bathing and grooming aren’t realistic options for your dog, at the very least make an effort to wipe down their paws as paws in particular tend to collect a heavy amount of environmental substances, which can easily spread to other parts of the body.
For dogs with food-related allergies, the best thing pet owners can do is to eliminate that particular food from their dog’s diet. This will mean reading the labels on dog food and possibly even cooking meals for your dog yourself to control exactly what is put in their mouth. Before taking these steps, be sure to consult your veterinarian as any changes in diet can have a big impact on your pet’s health.
Find fast, effective allergy relief for your dog by visiting Hillside Animal Hospital. We’ll help your dog feel better and back to normal in no time!